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Moshood was a heartbroken man, from the euphoria of winning the Durand Cup 48 hours earlier and then going down in their I-League opener in spite of so many chances...

Mohammedan Sporting went down 3-1 against Pune FC at the Salt Lake Stadium in the I-League opener, with the Red Lizards bringing them down to earth after their recent Durand Cup triumph.

Coach Aziz Moshood when faced with the question of how he saw the contrasting situation of losing his first match after the triumphant Durand Cup win only about 48 hours earlier was candid enough to accept that the only reason they failed to win was because they could not take their chances.

"It's okay. I congratulate the opponents. We played good football but could not convert chances to goal. The opponent did and hence they got the three points. Scoring is needed to win a football match."

When he was queried about his decision of taking off Penn Orji after about half an hour of the match, Aziz accepted that the former East Bengal medio was carrying an injury.

"Penn is carrying an injury in his ankle and it is the same with Luciano [Sobrosa]. I had asked him to play as we did not have any replacements. He did not do very well and was struggling so I had to take him off."

The coach was quick to quash any claims that his squad were a tired lot after their win over ONGC on Thursday in the Durand Cup.

"They can be tired but that was hardly the reason we lost. We did what we were supposed to. This is our game. Unfortunately we could not convert our goalscoring chances.  This is a long season and there are many games ahead. We have to move on."

The coach attributed the second and third goals to individual mistakes as they were missing Luciano Sabrosa in defense.

"Luciano was not there so there were many silly mistakes at the back."

On being questioned about the sluggish display from Tolgay Ozbey, the coach brushed it aside saying anyone could have an off day.

"Tolgay had a bad day today. Its okay. Anyone can have a bad game and there is not much we can read into."

The coach also accepted that the lack of a game changer in midfield was also the reason they lost out to Pune FC as they are short on options in the middle of the park.

"Penn couldn’t move very well. That was a big problem. I had nobody to replace him too. There was no one to move the game forward and that was what we missed."

 

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