East Bengal and Mohun Bagan played out a dull 0-0 draw in the Kolkata derby on Saturday and the Red and Gold coach Trevor James Morgan pointed that the defensive setup of the opposition didn't help their cause.
"We got a point. We tried to build the game patiently but we lacked individual brilliance. Not many clear cut chances were created today although we did have some half chances in the first half. The opposition pushed with a 4-5-1 formation. So there were many people behind the ball and it was tough to break them down," he highlighted.
The Englishman did laud the effort put in by his players while refusing to be drawn into controversy after Uga Okpara had handled the ball inside the area with referee Santosh Kumar not awarding a spot-kick to Mohun Bagan for the same.
"I can't expect any more from my players. As far as the penalty decision goes, I don't know whether it was hand to ball, or ball to hand. From my position (on the bench), it was difficult to see."
Trevor, like everyone was disappointed with the low turnout at the Kolkata Derby which usually attracts a 90,000 plus crowd on any given day.
"Last game there were more than 90,000 people and today there were hardly 20,000 people. There was no crowd. I doubt it was due to fear of a repeat of the last derby [crowd trouble] and it was more due to the number of poor people who turn up to see the football matches. Sometimes 200-to-400 Rupees tickets are indeed difficult for them to pay," he explained.
As far as how the match turned out, Morgan wasn't reluctant to voice his displeasure at the negative tactics employed by Mohun Bagan.
"The opposition was defensive. They invited us to come on to them and relied on Odafa Okolie mainly on the break. Normally the derbies have a volatile atmosphere but today it was nowhere near edge-to-edge stuff."
"If we win the I-League by a point, then it is this point we earned today. However if we lost the league by two points, we will rue today's lost points. Obviously I would have been happy with all three points."
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