I only strive to achieve first position - Prayag United coach Eelco Schattorie

After a not so convincing display by Prayag United after banging in 10 goals last week, the Dutchman said that winning is his first priority, performance comes second...
Prayag United huffed and puffed their way to a rather unconvincing 2-1 win over Pailan Arrows at the Salt Lake Stadium after a late winner from Lalkamal Bhowmick.

Although coach Eelco Schattorie acknowledged that his team didn't have the best outing against the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) Developmental side.

"If winning is not important, and only performance matters, then why do we keep score in a match. I always told my players that winning, no matter what, is always the first goal. Then we can assess the performance."

When asked about the opposition he faced today, Eelco had good things to say about the side coached by Arthur Papas.

"They are a young side full of energy and running. They are also fitter than our bunch of players. Moreover their new foreign coach (Papas) has made them more organized and playing in a good system, like the Dutch system."

Eelco also made it clear that Bello Rasaq was his man of the match as he also heaped praise on Lalkamal Bhowmick who scored the late goal.

"Bello was my man of the match. He organized the defense really well. Yes, today was Lalkamal's day as he scored. But what was good also that he came back and helped out his defense too."

The former VVV Venlo coach was candid enough to say that he would need time to execute all his changes while accepting that his side need to be more organized.

"The transition play between the defense and the midfield was what was lacking today. We need to be more organized next time around. However everything will take time."

On being congratulated after Prayag usurped Dempo SC from the second position in the I-League, Eelco stated that his target is to be league leaders eventually.

"I always go for the first position and I am sure we will be able to achieve it."

About Narayan Das's goal, which they conceded late on, Eelco added that from his ten years of experience in coaching in the Middle East and Africa, he was clear that about forty percent of goals were scored from set pieces.

"Although it was a really well taken goal, I believe that a goal from a set-piece happens due to a lack in concentration as the people forget their marking duties and go to sleep. We have to rectify this," he replied.

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