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The Goan stated that the promoted team from Meghalaya will improve in the I-League after witnessing their performance on Tuesday

Salgaocar FC made a successfull second half come-back against Rangdajied United to draw level with the north-eastern outfit in Shillong after going down by two goals in the first half as a David Ngaite brace was cancelled out by strikes from Claude Gnakpa and Gilbert Oliveira.

Derrick Pereira, the coach of the Green and Whites, claimed that he expected a tough fight from the home side but was relieved by the point earned from the match.

"I thank God for this one point. It was a tough match. I expected a tough fight from Rangdajied, being their home ground, playing in their conditions - cold conditions. Playing on an artificial turf, I knew that there would be some problems after playing two matches (against East Bengal and United Sports Club) on grass in Kolkata," Pereira pointed out.

"Also, it was our fifth away match so I expected a drawback, but the boys really played well. They fought back, showed good character and their attitude was right. Although we wasted a lot of chances, but I'm happy that we got one point," he added.

Pereira admitted that he did not expect his side to concede twice in the first half. "It could have been better," he mentioned. "Those early goals put us down. It was unexpected - those two good goals, but of course, we came back.

"I didn't expect to concede two goals in the first half. We were unsettled a bit and like I said, the conditions and playing on an artificial turf did not help us much, but they boys kept their cool and maintained their composure. Except for in front of the goal, if we had to be a little more clinical. I've not seen Rangdajied earlier. This is the first time I saw them and I think they put up a good performance."

The former Pune FC coach also feels that Rangdajied United will get better after gaining some experience in the league.

"Salgaocar is an old club and have been in the I-League for a long time. Rangdajied is a new club. They need to get some experience in the league and I think, the way they played today, they will improve and I think they will get better," he said.


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