After a credible goal less stalemate against Mohun Bagan, the Australian was proud of his team and commended their dedication and work ethic...Nathan Hall, the United Sikkim coach, was all praises for his team, after they closed out Mohun Bagan for a 0-0 draw at the Salt Lake Stadium on Thursday, earning a valuable point in the process.
"I am really proud of my players today. I thought that today I would have atleast seven players out injured. But the boys showed a lot of effort in training to get fit. The display on the field was enormous. I am very happy."
On being asked what sparked the turnaround from the 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Dempo SC to a goal less draw, Hall lamented on the lack of defenders at his disposal for the last match.
"Having two fit central defenders really was the difference. I mean look at Anwar, he is 6ft 2in, fit and strong. The spirit and the work ethic today was exemplary."
On the contentious hand ball decision in the box against Snehasish Chakraborty in the second half, that wasn't awarded in USFC's favour, Hall said that it in his opinion it was a clear penalty.
Hall was candid when asked about how he approached the match, saying he had to balance his attacking traits.
"Yes, we were the underdogs. But in sport, if you work hard, you get results. Normally I am a very attacking coach. I like to press the opposition high up. For this match, I was in two minds as I wanted to keep it solid at the back, which we did quite well."
Nathan Hall was quick to build up his team's chances of saving imminent relegation and stated that they would need another 15 points or so from their remaining nine games.
"It will probably take 24-to-25 points to save relegation. Taking a point against big teams like Mohun Bagan and East Bengal is a bonus. What we have to target is picking up points from the teams around us, the Sporting clube de Goas and the Salgaocars."
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