Despite dominating the entire game, Salgaocar FC finished the game goalless against a spirited Pailan Arrows side on Sunday at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa.
“We were unlucky. Even towards the end we managed to hit the post," said Peter Valles, Salgaocar FC assistant coach.
Having already dropped 4 points away from home in their last two matches, the home game was an ideal opportunity for them to get their first win of the campaign.
“This was our chance to pick up our first win after our last two results,” he remarked, “Our performance overall was good, but I’m disappointed that we couldn’t score.”
He went on to further elaborate the chances his side missed and mentioned that Arthur Papas' side rode their luck.
“At least 4 rebounds were off the post throughout the game,” he mentioned,” Francis’ shot went out off the post; Rooney’s header also involved the post. And in the first half, another couple of shots hit the post including Milagres’ effort.”
“Their players are young and they run a lot. So it’s always difficult to play against such a team,” he said of the Arrows side. “We were unlucky to have missed our chances, so they (Arrows) were lucky,” he added.
On being asked whether recent events which saw Karim Bencherifa resign from his position as the head coach and is expected to take over the reins at Mohun Bagan had a bearing on the result, Valles felt that the effect was not that critical regarding the team on-field.
“When a coach leaves all of a sudden and a new one comes in, there is some effect,” he admitted, ”But since then we’ve already played a match (in the Goa Professional League) and won. So it was more about us missing our chances on the night than anything else.”
Salgaocar’s next assignment is away to Mumbai FC at the Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune on November 3.
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