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The former Air India and ONGC FC coach is confident that he can lead his current side to safety with a few additions in the transfer market...

Rangdajied United FC were held to a 2-2 draw after a first half brace by David Ngaihte was cancelled out by Salgaocar FC's Claude Gnakpa and Gilbert Oliveira.

The coach of the Shillong-based team, Santosh Kashyap was pleased despite his side failing to notch their first victory in their maiden I-League run.

"I am very, very happy with my team's performance and we are improving match by match. It's creditable for a young team like us to draw against a team like Salgoacar who have been performing consistently well. This is the cutting edge that we are suffering," he observed.

"Again we have conceded through corner-kicks and the shot could have been blocked," Kashyap continued. "We were no doubt under pressure, but it happens. When we play against the top team, they will put pressure on us until the last minute. That's why they are on the top of the table."

The 47-year-old explained his reasons of satisfaction while pointing lack of experience as his side's major drawback, which he suggests will only be solved by playing more matches.

"I am very happy because my team performs the way I want and we get the goals also. But once we start getting over silly mistakes, we will start getting results. I hope we will get more confidence in other matches also as we are playing very attacking and attractive football. That's more important.

"Against Pune FC also, against Sporting Clube de Goa also we did very well, but we are lacking as far as conceding silly goals is concerned and that is where experience counts. How does experience come - if you keep on playing."

He elaborated: "Most of them (Rangdajied players) are playing in the I-League for the first time. In the second division, you play for just one or two months and then it is finished. This is a eight-month long league. So players have to be focused for eight months and take care of themselves. The intensity is much higher compared to the previous year in the second division. So they are copying up well and that's the satisfaction I have."

Santosh Kashyap boldly stated that he will lead Rangdajied United out of the relegation woes, just as he has previously delivered at Air India and ONGC FC.

"I'm sure this team is not meant for relegation. I will take care of this. I have taken care of Air India and ONGC [FC], so why not this team? Once we get more punch in our striking line - that is still lacking - so one or two good foreigners will come and will score more goals. More punch, more attack and we'll be more dangerous," he concluded.


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