Rangdajied United, the debutants in this edition’s I-League, suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of United Sports Club in Kolkata on Sunday.
Santosh Kashyap, the coach of the visiting side was disappointed with the result, but also stressed that his team will raise their level of performance in the coming matches.
“We played against a very experienced side. We created a lot of chances in the first half, but were unlucky not to score. Then (United Sports Club) they scored the first goal and it gave them the momentum,” Kashyap remarked in the post-match press conference.
The coach also conceded that it became hard for his boys to adapt to the hot and humid conditions of Kolkata, coming from the chilly weather in Shillong. But he also opined that they must try to get used to it as they will have to play 11 matches out of their own town.
“We have come from the cold weather. Our players started becoming tired in the second half. But we will have to cope up with this problem very soon. I am not worried about it, but certainly alert,” said the coach who had a brief spell in Kolkata as the coach of Mohun Bagan last season.
The coach has a young team at his disposal, but hopes that the players will come up with better co-ordination in the coming days.
“Lamine Tamba has joined only five days ago. The same goes with Yohei Yawasaki. So, I think we need a few more weeks to get things going,” he said.
Eelco Schattorie, the United Sports Club coach had included Biswajit Biswas, an under-23 player in the starting eleven, but replaced him only in the seventh minute as that was enough to fulfill the criterion of having one youngster in the line-up.
“What can I do about it? It’s all about their coach,” Kashyap responded when pressed for a response.
He however agreed that the rule would have been fruitful if at least one under-23 player was to remain on the field for the entire duration of the tie.
“That would have been much better. That would help to achieve the actual objective of the rule,” Kashyap signed off.
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