BY ANSELM NORONHA Follow @apnoronha on twitter
"We didn't take our chances. We were not clinical enough," was Dempo SC coach Arthur Papas’ first reaction to their shock 3-0 defeat to Shillong Lajong in their own backyard last weekend.
A couple of goals from Cornell Glen and a peach of a free-kick by Boitang Haokip helped the north eastern side down the Goan giants.
"I think they had five chances and scored three goals. It's hard to create an analysis of the game, because obviously, when you feel you control big portions of the game, you create many chances and then you lose three-nil; it's difficult for everyone, it's difficult for me, it's difficult for the playing group," Papas exclaimed.
Papas mentioned that he didn’t have enough time to work with his first eleven as they diodn’t have enough game time.
"This is the first time this starting eleven played together. There's a lot to work on. You have got to get better obviously. The midfield has to develop a better understanding, but I don't want to pinpoint just a certain section. If you win, you win as a team. If you lose, you lose as team," he said.
The former Arrows boss mentioned that he didn’t give up on his team staging a comeback despite trailing 2-0 at half-time.
"In the first ten minutes we weren't very settled. After that, I think we settled quite well. They (Lajong) scored a goal on a counter. Good finish and we (Dempo) were not alert enough on the transition. And then again, I felt we were quite comfortable actually. And then we had a brain freeze at that stage - you end up two-nil at half-time and they've had just three chances.”
" And we said that 'let's make an aim to get a goal in the first five minutes and put them under pressure.' We had a top chance, but Clifford [Miranda] gets through one-on-one and...Of course, everyone misses a chance, but a miss that stage means the little momentum you try to get, you don't get,” he mentioned.
Papas rued the missed opportunities but heaped praise on Lajong’s Cornell Glen for his brace which eventually landed the north eastern brigade a crucial three points.
"Beto had another top chance. Two-nil at that stage still, they go up the other end and score straight away. This is what happens in top football.
"You could see that [Cornell] Glen obviously has played at a good level, because his finishes are top class. But you have to ask yourself 'why is that when you're having a chance on one end you're missing and popping (conceded) a goal 10 seconds later. We had enough chances to win two games," he stressed.
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