Arthur Papas: Pailan Arrows are the best group of players I've worked with

The 32-year-old was disappointed to read about his side's disciplinary issues being highlighted in the media...
Pailan Arrows coach Arthur Papas hit back at sections of the media who, according to him, mentioned about his players being fined in the preview of their last I-League match.

"It's very sad to read that you'll put the names of young players...and half of the reasons that are put in the paper is wrong," he alledged. "In the last paragraph it was mentioned 'and the boys had to worry about their discipline because they were fined.'

"Every professional club will give a fine. If a player wears the wrong pair of slippers in the shower...sometimes you have a system to fix a standard. My players are the best group of players I've worked with," he continued.

"They (Pailan Arrows) wanna fight for each, work for each other, against men. Their discipline and character are as good as possible and Indian football should be proud of them, not putting their names in the papers for b******t."

"...As far as the group was concerned to keep bringing this up three weeks later instead of discussing the game on its merits was the only thing we didn't agree with and it served as a motivational tool, therefore full credit to my boys who let their football do the talking.."
(Arthur Papas)

Pailan Arrows defeated Sporting Clube de Goa by a solitary goal in Goa, and the Australian stated that his side had kept three reasons in mind ahead of the tie.

"Our boys had three reasons to win before the game. First reason was to honour Shilton D'Silva who had a very bad injury this week. We wanted to show him that we are going to get on the field and fight like never before," he said.

"The players were hurting when you see your own team-mate on the ground in such a problem. They really wanted to do something for him, so we dedicate this win to him.

"The second reason: The press still thinks that there's a reason, and not all the press, to talk about young players getting fined, and that's a big problem. We are very offended because these things happen in all the clubs.

"The players recognise that. We wanted to show everyone in India that the discipline in this team is as good ever and I think you saw a team that's gonna fight for each other and work hard.

"One thing we want to do is, dedicate to sections of the media who motivated us to go out and do what we did today. [The third reason:] This is Arrows' first ever win in Goa in three years, so I think we have to be proud of that."

Arthur Papas went on to admit that he looks at the perfomance of Pailan Arrows before having a look at the results as he's in charge of a "developmental side" of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

"The performances in the last three games was excellent and the results were okay. Against Sporting the performance was okay, but the result was excellent. Everyone's gonna think now that you're back but, to be honest, you look at performance before you look at results when you're dealing with young players," he signed off.

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