BY ATANU MITRA
United SC latched on to a goalless draw even after being a man down against Mohammedan Sporting in an I-League match at the Salt Lake Stadium on Thursday.
Eelco Schattorie, the Dutch gaffer of the side looked frustrated with the number of piling issues he had to deal before the match.
"I don't care about points now and am too frustrated. I couldn't have a proper tactical training session with all the players after the last match. I have to deal with so many organizational problems," he sounded disappointed about how things have gone for the cash-strapped side.
Adding to his agony, Belo Rasaq was given the marching orders in the 70th minute after the defender went into the referee's book for the second time in the day following a tactical challenge on an onrushing Josimar Da Silva.
"Now, we got a red card as well. This is not the first time such things are happening. That was a stupid mistake from the defense, not from Belo but from someone else. Now maybe I will have to play Deepak (Mondal) as a central defender in the next match. The clearance of our new foreigner Hasan (Al Kaddour) is still due and I have to play him in some competitive match before playing him in the I-League," Schattorie told the press in the post-match press conference.
The coach also lamented over the lack of playmakers in his team with Lalkamal Bhowmick nursing an injury while a few others left for better offers during the summer.
"Last year I had Carlos (Hernandez), James (Singh) and Shylo (Tulunga) in my team who were all creative players in the midfield. Now I have only Eric (Brown) as Lalkamal (Bhowmick) is also out with an injury. You need players who can outplay the opponents in the match. Not that they were dominating, but we couldn't outplay them," he told.
Ranti Martins, the talismanic Nigerian striker looked a bit sluggish and wasted a few half chances in the fixture. The coach also agreed to the fact that Ranti didn’t looked sharp.
"The supply to Ranti this year hasn't been very good this season. Unlike last year, he doesn't get many balls. That’s why I put Jayanta (Sen) in the midfield in the second half. Also, now we are improving on our fitness, though we still lacked sharpness and fitness in the second half," he remarked.
When asked about the referee's decision about the disallowed goal, he remained coy on giving out opinions.
"In the Kolkata League match against them, they had got advantages from the referee's decision. Today also, a clear handball was not given in our favour in the second half. So, I would try to sort out my defensive problems rather than talking about this," Eelco sounded nonchalant.
The coach however was vocal about the organizational failures of the club as the players report to the club’s training a day prior to the game or in some cases on the day of the match.
"I don't know when these office matches will end. You never know what's coming up tomorrow. Today our kit boy had to enter the field as our physiotherapist wasn't present on the bench. I don't know how these things happen," he signed off.
Siddhartha Bhattacharya, the official of the United Sports Club sounded helpless and said, “Since I am unable to pay the boys, I can't stop them from playing in the office matches. About the physiotherapist problem, his father got very ill and he had to take a leave. This is a very temporary problem and is nothing to worry about.”