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The Dutch coach was a relieved man as his side ended their four-match winless streak by beating the unbeaten side of the league…

Prayag United registered a 1-0 win over East Bengal on Sunday and more importantly, it was for the first time in the league that they managed to keep a clean sheet against a side who have scored the least number of goals among the top six.

Eelco Schattorie, the Prayag United coach, was understandably pleased with the result and praised the defence for putting up a good show.

“I am very happy with these three points as they were the most important thing now. The defense organization was very good also,” he pointed.

Prayag managed to break through the sturdy East Bengal backline who had conceded just once in the league going into the game, with the prolific Ranti Martins on the scoresheet. However he was displeased with the aimless long balls played by his side as he believed that they looked lethal when they resorted to passing the ball along the ground.

“You have to look into it in both ways. If we play long ball, Carlos (Hernandez) has to run back and forth losing much energy. When I came here, I saw Carlos was not at the peak of his fitness.  We have to play more possession football to utilize him better.

“If I get back to the Barcelona philosophy that says you have run less if you have the ball. That also means you will have more energy to get the ball back. But this is the most difficult thing to train. The confidence should be grown to pass the ball,” he opined.

The former Muscat FC coach stated that he will try to improve the fitness of his side in the coming weeks.

“In Europe or the places I have visited earlier, they have 6-week plans and every 6-weeks you increase the intensity of your training. In the last 2 weeks of these 5 weeks I have been here, I was able to follow that style. Before that, every 3-to-4 days we had a match and you can’t do physical training in between matches. These days, lack of physical fitness can be made up by mental strength. That is what the team did. But I will try to increase the physical fitness by another 30%, he signed off.

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