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The newly appointed coach of ONGC started in a fine fashion by guiding his side to a 3-0 victory over the north eastern side…

Santosh Kashyap believes that his brief spell at Mohun Bagan earlier this season has had a deep impact on him as he learnt a few things the hard way.

"There was more pressure (compared to ONGC) at Mohun Bagan. Also the targets are different in two clubs. I have learned a lot of things in my short stint with Mohun Bagan,” he said.

The former Air India coach turned around the fortunes of bottom-placed ONGC side as he led them to an emphatic 3-0 victory over Shillong Lajong at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s a great start for me. The positive football of our boys has fetched us three important points.”

“I hope to continue from here. I have taken charge only three days back and we have to improve in all sections. Delhi seems to have become a happy hunting ground for us and we will try to snatch as many points as possible in the coming matches,” he mentioned.

For the ex- India international, the main aim will be to finish the league in an honourable position given that the club has been a part of the relegation zone for most of the season.

“Our first target will be to stay clear of the relegation zone. If we play the remaining matches well, I hope we can make it to the top seven by the end of the season,” he outlined their target for the season.

ONGC got their first goal in the 19th minute, when Eric Brown scored after receiving a Keniston C cross. Kashyap acknowledged the fact that getting an early goal helped his team get the momentum early. “We got the first goal early in the first half. That definitely helped us. Today we had decided to rely mainly on counter-attacks and it paid off well.”

“We were denied two clear penalties. But I am pleased with three points anyway,” he added.

ONGC will face United Sikkim next and Kashyap stated that experienced midfielder Jatin Bisht shall hopefully return to the roster for the upcoming tie.

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