Pune FC snapped a three-game winless streak at home, as they overcame the challenge of Prayag United by a scoreline of 3-1.
A visibly content Derrick Pereira was quick to praise his side for carrying out his plans to perfection and commented, “It has been an excellent result for us and a good performance. I thank God for it. I think we stuck to our plan and did well as a counter-attacking side, which was our plan. James Moga was excellent and Abhra Mondal also made some good saves and overall I am very happy."
Having been rampant in the first half, the Red Lizards moved far too deep in the second half, allowing Prayag United to pull a goal back. This has been a problem with Pune FC for most of the season, but Pereira explained that it was all a part of his strategy.
“That was a plan (to drop deep). When we play a quality side like them, we need to defend deep to not give them space, I think they (Pune FC’s defenders) did well.”
In their previous game at home, the Pune-based side had lost a 2 goal lead against Mohun Bagan and were forced to share the spoils. The former Vasco coach though, revealed that he was confident the team would not repeat the same mistakes against Prayag United, after they pulled a goal back.
He said, “After we conceded, I don’t think they had another clear-cut chance, but if we kept going I believed we could go on scoring but yes, there was little pressure.”
Up against the mega-spenders of this season, the 50-year was keen to stress how he preferred the planned transfer policy adopted by the Red Lizards, and felt their methods bore far better results.
“We, the management of Pune FC, follow a plan, and we work within it. We know what we want. And when you do that, you are sure of what you need to succeed. So spending is one thing, but how you spend is another thing,” he concluded.
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