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The Rangdajied United coach signified the importance of the point earned against Dempo but blasted the referee over the penalty awarded to the opposition...

Rangdajied United FC completed their comeback after trailing by two goals at the end of the first half as they held Dempo SC to a 2-2 draw, in a round three match of the I-League, on Friday.

The Shillong-based team's coach, Santosh Kashyap slammed referee Ranjit Bakshi for his decision to award a penalty against his side when Thomas Saikhom was deemed to have brought down Billy Mehmet inside the box. The English striker duly converted from the spot and opened his goal scoring account for his new club.

"We needed this point very importantly. Again, I suffered with the bad decision by the referee (Bakshi)," Kashyap stated after the match.

"In the penalty, I want to justify that in a cross, the player has to go to clear the ball. You cannot give a penalty on that. His intention was to clear the ball, and when we got the chance, he (Bakshi) did not give it to us. I'm very disappointed with the refereeing. It needs to improve in Indian football."

The former Air India and ONGC FC coach then diverted his attention towards his team's second half display which saw T. Lalnunpuia and Sandesh Gadkari cancel Dempo's two-goal lead courtesy of Beto and Mehmet's penalty.

"I'm very happy with the second half," exclaimed Kashyap. "The team played above expectation and the boys put up their best show. That's what I told them during the half-time that they have that ability, but they are still in a shell.

"They have to open up and play their best game and they did that. We got a come-back against a great team like Dempo. We went two goals down and came back. Great performance, very happy, very satisfied," he added.

The Rangdajied coach preferred not to criticise his team for conceding two goals in the first half, as he insisted that there was "no problem" in his side's first half performance.

"No problem in the first half," he said. "The chance we got in the first two minutes - if we had scored that, it would have been a different story. Then again, when we conceded the goal, it was very demoralising for my team because they are young. So that's why the flow was not there.

"We could have won the way they played and I think the next match will be better. We will improve match by match," Kashyap signed off.


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