The Indian FA'sdevelopmental side returned to winning ways by thrashing ONGC 4-1 but Papas emphasized the importance of performance over results...Arthur Papas could smile as his team beat ONGC by a margin of 4-1, with both his strikers Holicharan Narzary and Alwyn George getting on the score sheet in the process.
The Australian was forthcoming when asked how he felt on being in the top half of the table after nine rounds of the I-League given that this side was languishing among the bottom three for most of the last season.
"It feels good when we have accumulated three wins already, when during the entire season last time around we managed only three wins in total," said Papas.
He was however not pleased with the first half effort from his boys and conceded that he valued performance more than results or position on the I-League table.
"You look at results. But I look first at the performance. In my opinion, the first half performance by my team was certainly not upto the mark. But in the second half our desire to win was much more and we competed much better," he mentioned.
When asked how he assessed young Arrows' star Tirthankar Sarkar's performance who has been deadly this season so far from dead ball situations, Papas praised the youngster while also commenting that he needs to work on his physical development.
"Tirthankar is a great player. He is young and has great energy. Moreover he is great from set pieces and the last couple of goals we scored, it was his delivery that allowed it. He came off the bench to score a brilliant goal in the match against Shillong and so today he got a chance to start and he did not fail to impress me. But he is a young lad and so gets tired. He is technically superb but needs to work on his physical attributes," he said.
The Pailan Arrows' coach was however cagey when he was asked to comment on the tactics he employed as he said that it was the task of opposition managers to figure, while accepting that he has tried four or five different formations already this time around.
"I do not believe much in formations or numbers. What I teach my boys is that each of them has a certain role to play. Hence you will see that our formations are very fluid and we change it around at will. In fact this season we have tried several different approaches and it is for the opposition managers to find that out and decide how they want to approach us!"
Papas ended by saying that December was going to be a very tough month for the young side, as they will be up against four top class sides in the guise of Churchill, Mohun Bagan, Dempo and East Bengal respectively. He conceded that this will certainly test the mettle of his young side.
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