Thangboi Singto: Credit to Shilton Paul else we could have got three points

The coach of the north east side believes that the fans were pleased with the quality of football displayed against Bagan…

Shillong Lajong and Mohun Bagan played out a 1-1 draw in the midweek as the north east brigade couldn’t snatch three points from the tie despite being the dominant of the two sides.

“The crowd got their money's worth. I think we should have changed the context of the game in the second half. We got six clear chances and one of those should have gone in. But it is one of those days in football and credit to the goalkeeper (Shilton Paul),” he said.

“We were almost playing in their half. They were countering, but we were controlling the game. Unfortunately, sometimes, you call out to 'lady luck'. Our fortunate day was not there, but the good thing is that we are coming back strongly and we have to build from that.”

Singto believes that his side are close to finding their rhythm but was quick to add that they need to take their chances instead of waiting for their luck to shine.

“It's a team game and everybody is expected to chip in. I give credit to the forward line, the midfield, the defense and as I said earlier, I think the team is starting to get better. Of course, we have to work on certain things. In football you cannot depend on 'lady luck'. You have to make things happen. You can't wait for thing to happen.

“I think we are on the right track. We have a two-week break to keep on working on our weakness and hopefully the next match (on 22 November) will be good when we face Rangdajied [United].”

The north eastern team’s gaffer had warned his side to focus after having taken the lead but they conceded two minutes later as Zakeer Mundampara equalized.

“I think (the goal conceded) was sloppy. What I told my players, 'In football, when it is 1-1, or 2-1 or a few seconds after you score a goal, that is the time when you are most vulnerable'. So we have to be focused. We can't relax. In football, you have to be on your toes for 90 minutes. My players need to realize that and we have to work on that also.

“I'm missing Jibon [Singh] and Wailad (Wailadmi Passah) for the next game. Wailad is having four yellow cards, but I think we have other guys who can step up. The good thing is that we have a two-week break to work on the positions where we will be missing players, but I think we will be okay.”

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