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The coach of the north eastern outfit hopes that his side will improve upon their away form which has been woeful in their stint in the top division...

GOALBY   ANSELM NORONHA     Follow @apnoronha on twitter

Shillong Lajong are poor travellers. They could accumulate a mere eight points from a possible 39 in their away matches last term. They could only manage three points in eight games against Goan sides, of which just a point was won in Goa.

Coach Thangboi Singto acknowledged that the team hasn’t always delivered results away from home and gave his reasons for the same.

"We left Shillong at 6 in the morning and landed in Goa at about 8 pm (on Thursday). It has always been challenging because of the travelling. It's quite taxing on the body and the mind when you don't have proper rest,” Singto told Goal.

"It's always been a jinx coming to Goa to play against them. We have not been doing well against Goan teams in Goa. I think the last match we won against a Goan team here was when we beat Sporting Clube de Goa 1-0 in the 2009-10 season. After that I think we haven't really done much against Goan oppositions,” he recollected.

They face Arthur Papas’ Dempo SC in their opening fixture of the I-League 2013-14 season on Sunday, 22 September, and Singto remains optimistic of getting a positive result.

"It's a good challenge for us to do well and start the season positively. Dempo will be expecting to do well and so will we. We will aim to get a good result,” he said. 


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