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The Lajong coach was undeterred in lavishing his team with praise, as their spirit pushed them to the very end but ultimately lost to a resolute Sporting...

Thangboi Singto had nothing but warm words of praise and respect for his players of Shillong Lajong, after they lost in earnest to a solid defensive act by Sporting Clube de Goa who rode out the red tide after taking a lead in the 39thminute through Ogba Kalu.

On being asked if his team’s performance poor given their solid start to the season, Singto treaded cautiously by admitting, “No, I don’t think there was any problem. That’s football. I’m proud of my boys. After the delay when the lights came back on again, we came back strongly. The great thing is that we played with a lot of character after going one goal down, which was the resultant of a corner from which they scored.”

“As a team we need to improve in certain areas, possibly all. So we will keep improving and be hopefully ready for the next match (against East Bengal) on the ninth of this month,” he added.

Asked if he thought Sporting were deliberately involved in time wasting techniques, Thangboi’s reply was spot on. “I frankly didn’t notice any such incidents. I was concentrating on my team and I was trying to push my boys throughout the match. Credit to Sporting as they stuck to their game plan and tactics, while also considering the top players they had.

“But again, I’m proud of my boys, they showed true character, because that’s what I asked from them. You ask players to give you their best. Whether they win or lose, it's part of the game.”

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