We do not have many good replacements - Salgaocar FC coach David Booth

The veteran gaffer has time and again focused on the lack of core players at the Goan club while injuries only increase his worries...
Salgaocar FC head coach David Booth reflected on his misfortunes in terms of an inadequate bench strength and injury concerns which have hampered the club's form this season.

"You've seen the bench strength that we've got. You tell me if it's strong or not. Not really, yeah? At the moment, we do not have too many good replacements," said the 64-year-old after his side's 1-4 defeat at the hands of East Bengal.

"At one-nil, I thought we were as good as them, if only a little better. I thought the referee missed a handball at both ends that everybody saw except him and the linesman," the Englishman also rued a couple of calls taken by SCCB referee A. Rowan.

"There are decisions to make - easy decisions and those that you have to make a choice of where we have to think of them and decide. But there was no decision [given by the referee]."

However, Booth refused to blame the referee for his side's loss. "I'm not blaming the referee for the game because we threw the game away in the second half by not marking, but I think that good decisions at the right time would have helped the game. We should have done better than that," he admitted.

Talking about injuries to key players of Salgaocar, Booth confirmed that Brazilian defender Luciano Sobrosa will not be available for Tuesday's clash against Air India.

"Luciano [Sobrosa] has still got problems with his hamstring. There's still a little bit of a limp in there that's stopping him from sprinting. He's close, but not close enough to play on the 8th against Air India," the coach informed.

Meanwhile Salgaocar are yet to register new recruit John Wilkinson and former Prayag United striker Josimar da Silva Martins, but Booth claims that the duo are nowhere in his immediate plans. "They're not in my mind at the moment. I can't play someone who are not in my mind," he said.

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