Nathan Hall: If we could win a competition on effort, we would be at the top of the table

The Australian was dejected after the late drama that saw his team come out empty handed in an important tie, but vows to fight till the end against relegation.

For the supporters of the Snow Lions, it was heartbreak yet again as their team conceded in the dying minutes of the game to lose another game, where 3 points looked very much possible. Nathan Hall was a dejected coach but vowed to continue fighting till the very end.

Ironically, United Sikkim were not at all outplayed in this game.  They created chances and did give a good account of themselves, but it was in the final third, where it all horribly went wrong.

“I am speechless for the first time in my life. All the 11 players from my team played their hearts out for 89 minutes. I cannot question the attitude, the effort as both were top class. Our attacking play was good but what we need to learn is time and time again we are getting into fantastic areas, great balls are coming in, but no finished product.

“I wish I could do it for them but unfortunately I can’t. In the final third we need to have a little bit of quality and a little bit of composure,” he opined.

Eric Brown capitalised on a brilliant ball by Katsumi Yusa to add to United Sikkim’s woes as the Oilmen registered an away win. Hall was obviously unimpressed as his team switched off on the 89th minute as he commented, “I gave them specific instructions that if we give Brown or Yusa a sniff at goal, they will punish us and that’s what happened. We have to learn that we cannot give good players space at any time of the match.”

Though the result didn’t go the Snow Lions way, one thing was evident, the effort. Yes, the Snow Lions did put in a good workman like ethic and are bound to be rewarded sooner or later. Hall was proud of his boys despite the defeat.

“I’m frustrated at the same time I am proud of the effort. If we could win a competition on effort, we would be at the top of the table. Professional football is about winning and that’s where we are lacking,” he mentioned.

With 70% of the I-League season gone by, one really doubts if the promoted side can come out victorious in this battle against relegation. Hall and his men will have to fight till the very end if they want to render any survival hopes.

“The players have a break and after that they will come out and give their 100% against Prayag United on the 24th March. We have to take the responsibility and keep going. We still have a chance with Mohun Bagan being 7 points below us and Air India only 4 points above. So it is a realistic chance. It is a tall order but I will keep going and fight till the very end,” he concluded.

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