Eric Brown got his career with United SC off to a flying start, helping his side to a victory against Rangdajied FC, with a goal and as assist.
Speaking of the affect the win had on the team, the former ONGC attacker stated, “Yes, (the win was vital), as it has given us more confidence for our next match.”
The player moved to the Kolkatan outfit in the summer, with observers hoping he did augment a star studded squad. However it was a particularly turbulent off-season for United SC, as they struggled to put together funds to compete in the 2013-14 campaign of the I-League.
While acknowledging that the players were well aware of off-the-field issues that have tormented the club, Brown spoke of how they were focused on giving their best on the pitch. He also stressed that he never thought of leaving the club during this lean period for the side.
“Every player here in United SC is aware of the financial situation of the club and has decided to give their best to see the club do well in the on-going I-League. At the moment I'm not thinking of moving somewhere else, what I'm thinking of now is to play and give my best in every match.”
“I will have to play and besides I got a two-year deal here so I'm not thinking of moving anytime soon,” he added.
The former ONGC player though, accepted that the lack of a proper pre-season had hurt his squad. He revealed, “One way or the other I will say yes (about lack of pre-season affecting the squad), because we started our session just three weeks to (go for) the league. Now we are getting better and better, day after day because we got a very good coach who knows the game well.”
Brown was particularly effusive in his praise of coach Eelco Schattorie and fellow attacker Ranti Martins. He said, “For me, playing under this coach is not a problem because he guides every player and give you more confidence to play. For me, I really love the style of play this team has got.”
“It's easy to play with Ranti because he's a player with good qualities. He has got good control on the ball and also knows how to create chances for his team mates. I wish we both play together for the longest (time possible),” he continued.
Looking forward to the game against Sporting Clube de Goa, Brown re-affirmed his desire to come away with another win under his side’s belt. He mentioned, “Yes (we are confident going into the game) because as I said earlier, we are going into this coming match with confidence, even though we respect our opponents. We will play as a team with one mind and fight to get all three points.”
While United SC does not figure in the list of title challengers of most clubs, the attacker is adamant that his side could clinch the title, commenting, “Bringing the I-League trophy to Kolkata, which hasn't happen in years now is our target, no matter what.”
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