Pune FC coach Derrick Pereira, was really happy with the performance of his side, after they thrashed Air India 6-0 at the Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune.
“It’s always nice to win and keep a clean sheet, which is even more important. Everyone gave their best and the players kept their focus, which is not easy at the end of the season. I am really happy with the performance," he said.
When asked, if the performance of the Air India side helped matters for Pune FC, the gaffer stated, “We were more determined to put up a good show and put in our best [efforts]. We are looking to put pressure on the top two teams in the league and that motivated us to put in our best.”
Boima Karpeh has had a positive effect on Pune FC since his arrival in the winter transfer window and on being questioned whether he would have had the luxury of fielding him alongside James Moga for the whole of the season he replied, “I always look at the future and not in the past. Though it’s a good thing we have got Jerry (Karpeh) to play alongside Moga, and they are really combining well.“
The win took Pune FC level with East Bengal on the table, leaving the Red Lizads third on head-to-head basis. The 51 year old Pune FC coach though is still aiming higher and revealed, “I’m aiming for the top spot. I do believe in miracles. We just need to stay focused and win our matches. Anything is possible.”
Pereira was also happy to see several youngsters feature for his side during the game, and commented, “The whole idea of Pune FC is to promote youngsters and give them chances. They are doing well in practice and in the under 20 league. I felt it was important to give them chances in the first team.”
While talking about Nikhil Kadam’s performance, the Red Lizards coach expressed his delight at the youngster snatching his first goal. He mentioned, “I’m really happy he scored. He got into some goal scoring areas last time around but wasn’t able to finish off his chances. I was happy that he was cool and calm in his finishing and it will help him in the future, especially his confidence.”
Derrick Pereira has emerged as the overwhelming favourite to replace David Booth at Salgaocar Football Club for the next season.
“As of now, I have not decided on my future. I will look at it in the end of the season and will take my family life into account also," said a diplomatic Pereira.
When asked if he had been offered a new contract by his current club he said, “We need to sit and discuss some personal problems that I am facing. At the end of the season I will decide on what is to be done. Right now my focus is on the three remaining games and to win them."