Prayag United coach Elco Schattorie was pleased with the efforts of his boys after they did well to comeback from 2-0 down to earn a point from the tie against East Bengal.
“We conceded two bad goals. The first was a major defensive error. The second one was created from a clear foul by the opponents, which the referee didn’t give. Also, Sangram (Mukherjee) was late to come out of his zone and we conceded the penalty,” he explained the reason as to why his side gave away two goals in the first place.
The Dutchman must be credited for not deciding to shut shop and instead making attacking substitutions with highlighted their positive intent.
“We had gone 0-2 down and I made a few changes in the team to become a bit opportunistic. And then we got a lucky goal. But we were the better side that time. The second goal was fantastic. If you ask me whether we could have won that match, then I would say yes. There was a part of the game where I thought so. But overall, a 2-2 draw is a fair result to both the teams,” he opined.
At half-time, Schattorie and Trevor Morgan, the East Bengal coach, were involved in an animated conversation with the two sides suffering from some questionable refereeing decisions in the first half.
“I apologize for my emotional outburst. There was something from his (Morgan’s) side, and I reacted to that. I promise from my side that I will talk it out with him. At the end of the day, football should be a civilized sport. Irrespective of whether you win or lose, it should come down to the fact that you must respect each other. These are all parts of the game,” he said.
Schattorie agreed that it was their first goal through Carlos Hernandez which turned the game and brought his side back into the tie.
“Yes, it changed the game. I told my boys that this would give us a good chance to score another goal. And we did. But today, a draw was a fair result. There was a time, when I thought that we could even win, but that was only 10 minutes. The advantage got evened out later,” the Dutchman told.
Talking about the favourites to win the league, he didn’t agree with Trevor Morgan’s opinion that Pune FC has a fair chance of becoming the champion.
“It’s all about how quickly East Bengal and Churchill Brothers can come out of their bad form. Churchill will miss the services of Beto in the next three games, I heard. But I don’t see Pune FC becoming champions right away. It will be someone between Churchill Brothers and East Bengal,” he signed off.
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