The Mumbai FC coach wasn’t pleased with his side’s display in the defeat to Salgaocar at home…
Mumbai FC succumbed to their first defeat in five matches and are yet to register full points in a home game. Khalid Jamil admitted that his side were not at their best from the start in a game where he had claimed that they ought to be ‘on top of their game’.
“Our second half changes did not click. Whichever substitutes we made in the second half to lift the game did not work and our marking also was not good. From the start itself, we didn't play the way we usually do. Everybody was not up to the mark,” he told in the post-match conference.
“[Haroon] Amiri had fever. He was not well and had not practiced for two days, but he still played the 90 minutes without any complains,” he added given that the Afghanistan skipper wasn’t his usual self in defence.
On the goals his side conceded, Jamil mentioned that his team did keep a track of the movement made by the opposition attackers.
“I feel that we did not play well in the first half. The goals were silly. We did not mark [the opponents] well. We made some changes in the second half as we were desperate because it's was our home match.”
The 36-year old believes that it is best for his team to focus on their next assignment as dwelling on this result wouldn’t be too good for their confidence.
“The best thing is to forget about this match as soon as possible and prepare for the next match from right now. There may be some changes [in the starting line-up]. There must be some movements from the players who are on the bench.
“The goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders...the whole team was not playing like a combined unit. I wasn't getting a feeling that today we can win. All our movements were looking risky,” said Jamil.
In the first half, Salgaocar tried to find their way through the middle and couldn’t find an opening. Following the introduction of Karma Tsewang and Claude Gnakpa in the second half, the Goan outfit began to press on the right flank which left the Mumbai FC defense exposed. However the three goals for the away side came from the left.
“I told them that they won’t attack on our right side and they didn’t. We were completely open in this side - Kamaljeet [Kumar], Nicholas [Rodrigues] completely opened up. I didn't pay attention to their substitutions. Dane Pereira s supposed to be reliable. Today I was surprised and I had to substitute Dane,” he said.
Jamil stated that it was his players who allowed Salgaocar to seize three points from the tie despite the opposition not having their best game as well.
“We came-back at 2-1 and then conceded the third goal. Our players were playing the blame game. Whatever happened, we'll forget about it and think about the next match.”
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