Dempo have got the winning mentality - Godwin Franco

The 27-year-old believes that despite not playing at their optimum level at times, the Goan giants possess the killer instinct of winning matches...
Dempo SC's Godwin Franco hailed the team's performance in the match against Mohun Bagan which they won 3-0 and in which he picked the man of the match award besides making it among's I-League team of the round eight.

Dempo coach Armando Colaco had also praised Franco for his performance and the midfielder mentioned that he was motivated going into the match.

Talking to, Franco said, "It was a good game and good team performance. Before the match he (Colaco) said 'Godwin, do well and you will win the man of the match today'. It motivated me work to harder."

The midfielder had rattled the post with a long range free-kick in the third minute, before he went on to replicate the same and managed to find the back of the net in the 70th minute.

"The first free-kick I got hit the bar reminded me that I had hit the post twice in the Goa League also. Then I had another two attempts. In my final attempt, I felt God took over and I scored," he said.

Franco also stated that it would be unfair however to single out one player's performance in the match. "In a team sport, you never rely on one particular person," he pointed out.

"No doubt, there are certain exceptional players in the team who are always there, but if you ask these exceptional players - if you ask Maradona, he will always tell you that 'I had players around me who supported me.'
If you see besides our playing 11, we have exceptional players even on our bench. So it would be unfair to name someone in particular."

The Dempo number 7 filled in for Climax Lawrence

Dempo were without the services of Climax Lawrence who was suspended and Godwin Franco put in a decent shift in his absence.

"Climax has been a legendary player for Dempo over the years. He's been one of the best players in this team. Even though he was suspended, he came to me before the match and spoke. That was very helpful," he mentioned.

"When the odds are against us and it looks like it's not going in our favour, we always come out even better and that's been the hallmark of this team. Everyone plays and fights for each other. It's a combined team effort," he added.

With regard to Dempo's performance in the I-League so far, Franco admitted that they have been lucky at times, but stressed that the three points matter at the end of the day.

"Sometimes you play well, sometimes you don't play well. Sometimes you have a good run and sometimes you need to be lucky as well. Even if you don't play well and win, what's more important is winning," he said.

"When you don't play well, but win, that shows that the team (Dempo) have got the winning mentality which is very important. That killer instinct of winning at least is there, that has kept us [on top] so far," he continued.

"To regain form and get better, we can always improve upon, but the most important thing is that we have won [most of] the previous matches which will be very crucial for us.

"It was a good effort by everyone as they gave their best. [Rohan] Ricketts came on and he was very effective doing the spade work between the midfield with some fine moves as well," he signed off.

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