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The Salgaocar coach pointed out that his side has to adjust themselves to the grass pitch after playing their home matches on an artificial turf in Goa


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Salgaocar FC have gathered seven points from their three home matches so far, with two wins and a draw. In what would be their first game away from Goa, coach Derrick Pereira hopes for a bright start when they face Mumbai FC on Friday.

The Green and Whites defeated Churchill Brothers SC 1-0 in matchday one, beat Mohammedan Sporting 3-0 thereon, while they were held to a 1-1 draw by Dempo SC in their last encounter.

"God-willing we (Salgaocar) will get good results (in away matches). We are playing our first away match and that too on a grass pitch. So we have to get adjusted to the pitch and we'll be training on the Balewadi [ground] and hopefully there won't be any problems regarding getting adjusted to the grass pitch,” Pereira told Goal.

The 51-year-old feels that there has been progress from the time he took over the reins at Salgaocar this summer and praised the attitude of the players.

"Off the field also, I see the players gelling well. They are getting to know each other very well. That is also very important. And I've also seen their attitude has been positive.”

Augustin Fernandes remains a doubtful starter for the Goan club after injuring himself against Dempo SC.

“We trained on the Pune FC pitch and the boys are looking good. The niggles also are getting better, except for Augustin [Fernandes]. We have brought him here to get fit as soon as possible,” he mentioned.

Goal had highlighted that Salgaocar are the strongest on the right flank however the same cannot be said of their other side as they struggle to build attacks from the left. Pereira acknowledged the same and said, "We are still trying to get the team doing well on the left also.”

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