The former Mahindra United manager was pleased to sign off the year 2012 after his first win with the Goan side...David Booth credited his side for all the hard work that the Salgaocar FC players have put in since the time he has taken over as head coach of the I-League outfit.
"We worked hard for that in the last week or so. We've put in a lot into training and the moves shows the work that we've been putting in," the 64-year-old said after beating Air India 4-0 on Sunday.
"It's been a long, long time coming to feel that. When you play like that, you actually wonder why we waited so long. All credit to the players who worked very hard," he added.
The former Mumbai FC tactician also hopes for better times for Salgaocar after moving up from the bottom of the league table.
"Relegation is at the end of the season," he stated. "We are just coming out from the bottom of the league. Now I think we can move up a few places."
"Air India came in on the back of four unbeaten results and we went in with some bad results. So it wasn't an easy game to enter, but I thought we played some lovely football," he continued.
"We had a few extra days to prepare and used it to help as much as we can, but you know, if we play like that, we don't need that much help."
|How's the Duler ground?|
The Duler stadium in Goa hosted it's first I-League match, but David Booth despite winning with a margin of 4-0 remained skeptical of playing on Astroturf surfaces.
"I think the ground is absolutely fantastic," he said jokingly as the Englishman explained, "No, I mean if you win 4-0 doesn't mean that it's a good ground. I'm not an advocate or rather I don't particularly like Astroturf, but to be fair it's more realistic to the one in Calcutta (Kolkata).
"The ball doesn't bounce as high or run as fast away from you [at Duler] and it's a little bit more correct. So there are things for it and things against it. It suited the way we wanted to play the first half - to play and pass the ball. It worked for us."
Booth also defended his side for not being able to increase their tally after Salgaocar had sealed their win against Air India with four first half goals.
"If the team is losing 4-0, they are not going to give much more away, are they?! They had to make sure of their damage control as they never made any chances against us," he analysed.
"We defended very well, we had a lot of chances to score, but we didn't quite score. We made sure we didn't give away anything in the first 20 minutes, when the game was nil-nil, so I think it would be little harsh to criticise the second half.
"We just made sure that we kept what we got. We scored four goals, they could have scored four goals. It was important that we started the second half strong and well, which we did. After the first 15 minutes, we started making chances, but couldn't score more."
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