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Singto hopes that Glen can continue his good form

Thangboi Singto: The win against Dempo didn't surprise me

Singto hopes that Glen can continue his good form

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The Manipuri praised the quality the 2006 World Cupper as he scored a brace in the win over Dempo...

Shillong Lajong FC have finally managed to break their Goan jinx as they downed Dempo SC 3-0 on Sunday. In the 2012-13 season, they had managed just a point from four matches in Goa.  

Thangboi Singto, the coach of the north-eastern outfit, was confident that his team would do well against Arthur Papas’ outfit.

"I was confident that we will do well, because in the last three seasons we have been struggling. One is long travel - you start in the morning and you reach in the night," the 39-year-old pointed out. However, he added that "the same goes for Goan teams when they come to Shillong.

"This result is not a surprise, I would say, because we have worked on the players we have and whatever plan we built tactically clicked for us," Singto continued.

"Every team wants a good a good start and I think that's what we achieved. I am very happy with the performances with the starting eleven as well as the players on the bench, because they are equally important. That was a team work and hopefully we can take this momentum forward. It's just the start. It's a long, long season ahead, so we cannot be too happy because we have certain areas to work on."

The Shillong Lajong coach was particularly impressed by the performance of Trinidad and Tobago striker Cornell Glen who scored two of the three goals.

Cornell Glen scored a brace on his I-League debut

"A player (Glen) who has played in the [2006] World Cup...of course, we expect him to show that kind of class," said Singto. "But then, sometimes in India it happens that top foreigners come and don't click, sometimes mediocre players come and click.

"Whatever we have heard about Glen, he has proven to us and I hope this is not a one off performance. I hope he works hard and keeps doing better along with the team."

"Football is a team game, so if you play as a team I think you can reach the next level. Of course, individual class like what Glen did helps, but for 90 minutes it's the team."

Singto then looked ahead to the next four matches which they play at home against Pune FC, Sporting Clube de Goa, East Bengal and United Sports Club.

"Now we play four consecutive home matches. Hopefully we can do better there also, because in the sense, there are a lot of fans and with the other team (Rangdajied United) coming up. It will be a great challenge and I think all the players are ready at the moment. Of course, we need to keep  improving on our performance," he concluded.

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