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The head coach of the Goan team stressed that a second goal is all that his side needed against East Bengal...


GOALBY   ANSELM NORONHA     Follow @apnoronha on twitter


Sporting Clube de Goa were held to a 1-1 draw by East Bengal at the Duler Stadium, Goa, in a round nine I-League clash on Tuesday.

The Flaming Oranje took the lead towards the closing stages of the first half through a spot-kick converted by Dawson Fernandes. However, just when it looked like they had snapped full points, an injury time own goal by Gonzalo Hinojal Neila helped the Kolkata outfit take a point from the tie.

Disappointed about dropping two points in the tie, Sporting's coach Oscar Bruzon Barreras commented, "Considering the 90 minutes, the match was very tough, but our guys played very well. So I only have good words."

"Of course, they (East Bengal) are a top team. Same as the last day, we were trying to play compact and stop their rhythm. Also we were slowly trying to have more ball possession and kill the game when we can - something that we didn't do today," he added.

Following his statement after the 2-0 win over Pune FC on Saturday, Bruzon clarified that the Goan club do not have a counter-attack approach but prefer seeing more of the ball.

"Last week I said that when we are winning we play very good football, but that doesn't mean that we play counter-attack - that means that we know how to stop the game, that we know when to hold the ball and we know how to break the game in some counter-attack. It doesn't mean that our game model is counter-attacking," he quibbled.

Reflecting on letting go of the lead against the Red and Gold during injury time, the Sporting gaffer admitted that the required second goal was difficult to score on the evening. "I tell the guys that whenever we are winning (having scored one goal), all that we need is a second goal. The second goal was difficult to get because they (East Bengal) had more ball possession, but we are working on that," he said.

The Spaniard continued: "For that, we have an example in our country. Barcelona - in the last 10-to-15 minutes - when they are winning and the game is tough. What they do is try to make moves in the middle. Players having possession move the ball very fast and try to kill the game with the ball in their possession."

Bruzon also pointed out that conceding late fouls also is something for his side should look to avoid. "We should not concede fouls close to the box in the last few minutes. Today we conceded five fouls in the last seven minutes. That's a mistake that we will be looking to rectify as well," he concluded.

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