The Rangdajied United gaffer believes that his side will only get better by playing more games at the top level...
Rangdajied United are yet to register their first win in this season’s I-League as they succumbed to yet another defeat, this time to Sporting Clube de Goa in Goa. Santosh Kashyap was disappointed with the performance in the 3-0 loss as they conceded some "silly" goals.
“I think this is the worst game that we have played till now. Our three home games were much better - Dempo, Churchill Brothers and Mohammedan Sporting. We conceded silly goals [against Sporting Clube de Goa]. We created some chances but we had no punch to score the goals.
“Sporting Clube de Goa have shown that quality football and experience counts at this level. We need to improve a lot on this, try to improve day by day and get better in future matches,” he said.
The 47-year-old observed that his team had given a good account of themselves in the two draws against Dempo SC and Churchill Brothers but have lacked the consistency needed to flourish in the top division.
“The level is different [in the I-League]. In the matches against Churchill and Dempo I felt as if their (Rangdajied United players) fear of playing against big teams of I-League level has gone off. They played well in the second division.
“They played well at home, but in the away matches they have still not opened up. So we need to work on that and it will go off by playing more matches only. In this game, we conceded two successive goals from corners. Our goalkeeper (Surjay Kumar Pariyar) is also young and needs some experience,” he said.
In his earlier stints at Air India and ONGC FC, Kashyap helped those sides turn the tide and put in some top displays in the league. However, Kashyap points out a difference between those instances and the present day scenario at Rangdajied.
“In those cases, I feel that they (the players) had already played in the I-League level. So to mould them it was much easier, but here we need time because they are young. They are working very hard but they don't know how to play effectively.
Like my nine number (Abocha Singh). He ran all over the pitch, but not effectively. I'm trying from two and a half months, honestly. He doesn't understand Hindi also. He knows only Manipuri. He's a quiet and very talented boy. It's my objective to help him improve however long it will take for him to shape up because he can play for India also with the quality he has,” claimed the Rangdajied coach.
Kashyap called for his players to mix zeal with some sense in the upcoming games and hopefully that would enable them to put in a top performance.
“In our home matches, we get crowds. So there's a lot of 'josh' (fervor) over there. Over here, in our away games, only 'josh' is not enough; we need some 'hosh' (character) too,” he concluded.
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