East Bengal edged out 10-man Salgaocar FC in round eight of the I-League at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata thanks to a second half deflected strike by Chidi Edeh.
Trevor Morgan hailed his side’s defensive work as yet again they managed to keep a clean sheet and added that they aren’t unbeatable.
“People enjoyed the last match (against ONGC) we played here. Defensively we were great again. However we are not invincible. We are working hard for each other.
The game was tight and a close one as well. We dominated in the first half, while things evened out in the second. Nonetheless, the stroke of luck was there just when we needed it. In other words, fortune does come to your rescue sometimes, especially when you’re at the top. It’s just getting three points.” said Morgan.
The East Bengal coach praised the shift put in by Harmanjot Khabra, who was named the man of the match, and Ishfaq Ahmed. He also spoke on Penn Orji’s role in the team.
“Khabra and Ishfaq put in a consistent shift in the middle which allows the front three players to attack. They (Salgaocar) were set up to stop our near post corners. We had good opportunities (from set pieces). You have to get everybody in the right position. It could have been but I am happy with it. If you set your team to stop us from playing, you lack the freedom,” he observed.
“As far as Penn is concerned, he got in the position to score (in the first half) and that didn’t bother me much.
“He has a license to go where he wants. I probably want to keep him behind the front two but it’s good to go where he can cause most damage,” he signed off.
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