Shillong Lajong coach Thangboi Singto: It is all about taking your chances

The interim coach was disappointed with his team's effort as they went down 2-0 to Salgaocar but was still confident enough that the Northern Easterners would fight back soon...

Thangboi Singto cut a sorry figure as his team failed to capitalize on chances and dropped vital points in the bargain. Shillong Lajong’s poor form against Goan opposition continued as they went down 2-0 to Salgaocar FC.

“It is all about taking your chances when you get it. In the first half I believe we had four clear chances and if we had scored a goal, then the outcome of the game would have been different," opined the Lajong coach.

The two goals conceded by the North Eastern club were through a Josimar Martins header and a good free-kick by Randeep Singh from 25 yards out. The interim coach was livid with the second goal as he commented, "The second goal was a silly foul that we conceded and they converted a straightforward free-kick."

Shillong Lajong have been inconsistent in their season thus far; sometimes showing flashes of brilliance accompanied by utter mediocrity. The biggest roadblock for them has been their failure to perform in Goa where they have only managed to pick a single point from a possible 12.

“We tried our best, gave our best but the reality is against Goan teams we have not performed well. Hopefully, we will be able to prove ourselves the next time we get a chance,” he mentioned.

Sho Kamimura started up-front and Friday Gbeneme was benched for this game. The latter did make an appearance later on in the game but by then it seemed too late and hence questions were asked concerning Thangboi Singto’s tactics.

“Friday has played in 90% of our games already. Sho Kamimura has performed well and has two goals already. We picked him to keep the momentum going. We had some injuries in the midfield otherwise he (Friday) would have been in much earlier."

After going down the pecking order and currently sitting at the 11th position, one does predict the battle against relegation will go on till the last day for Shillong Lajong. Despite the loss, the coach seemed positive about going into the 40-day break as he commented, "Since I arrived we have drawn one, lost one and won one. So it has been very balanced. We will try to build a team that will gel together and I believe this team can do much better,” he signed off.

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