Today we are thankful for small mercies - Salgaocar FC coach David Booth

The British coach felt his side were the better team against Air India and looked forward to the inclusion of Josimar Martins and John Wilkinson to his squad...

Salgaocar came from behind to hold Air India to a 1-1 draw in an I-League encounter in Pune. The win saw them leapfrog Shillong Lajong on the league table, having played a game lesser.

The coach of the Goan side, David Booth, focused on the positives his side could take from the game and stressed, “I thought we edged it and were in control of the game in the last 20-to-25 minutes where they had no shot on goal. We needed a bit of quality, last game (against East Bengal) we played badly in secondhalf, so it was important to get something today.”

"Away from home we got a point and they dropped two. We got lots of home games to come and we will try take advantage of this,” the British coach added.

The former Mahindra United coach felt injuries and lack of depth continue to hold his side back, and is looking forward to a little break that the team shall have in the schedule after the game against ONGC,  next matchweek.

“We got some injuries to players like Luciano Sobrosa and Dinesh Singh. This (set of players) is all we have and we go to Delhi with the same.”

“It is frustrating (lack of depth) in one sense, like tonight we had only 2 strikers. We were short in midfield but we are slowly getting there, and glad to get a little break for the players after the next game. Today we are thankful for small mercies. We defended quite well,” he continued.

Salgaocar replaced their two foreign strikers from the start of the season, Sean Rooney and Angel Guirado, with John Wilkinson and Josimar Martins. Booth is hoping to integrate them in his team’s system soon, as he hopes the duo fire the team out of trouble.

He revealed, “Hopefully once we are through the next game, they (Josimar and Wilkinson) can come in. As the game against Mohun Bagan has been cancelled, so they can train with us and be a part of the system. We will try them in a friendly and see how they go.”

While Booth admitted that his side was not yet away from danger, he wanted to continue taking it game-by-game.

“It is not really comfortable (their league position), and a win today would have made it far more comfortable. Unfortunately we didn’t make it. First half, they made it hard for us, but we were sure they couldn’t sustain it for the full game.”

Booth also had words of praise for the Airmen’s forward, E. Junior, who gave his side plenty to ponder over, in the first half.

“Junior is a good player, I knew him when he was at Sporting Clube de Goa and he was going to come with us to Mahindra United, but it did not work out. He can make something from nothing if you allow him. But I think in the second half we got to grips with him."

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