Santosh Kashyap, coach of Rangdajied United, was elated as he saw his side draw their relegation six-pointer tie away at Mumbai FC. Though his side took the lead in the 31st minute, as Manandeep Singh took advantage of a rebound than shot off the post thanks to hard work on the right by David Ngaihte, they conceded the initiative in the 61st as Ashutosh Mehta took advantage of a Hashmatullah Barikzai deflected shot to fire in between Subrata Paul’s legs and bring Mumbai level on the evening.
Speaking after the game, Kashyap elucidated the progress his side have shown but mentioned that there is a lack of experience in his squad, which to some extent has been resolved with the signing of IMG-Reliance plyers on loan.
"We got the lead and did very well until then. But then we conceded a silly goal. There wasn’t any marking done by our right back due to his lack of experience. But he’s playing his first I-League season and so we couldn’t defend well. When we go forward and miss a sitter from six-yards out, that tells you the story. So there is a genuine lack of experience, which will get better once we play more games. As you can see their goalkeeper was the man of the match which means we were dominating and we did well.”
“The thing is that we need to stop conceding silly goals and convert our chances which we are getting,” added the coach.
Asked if it was a tactic to preserve energy and drop deep to attack on the counter in the second half, Kashyap said, “You have to remember we are a team from a cold place. We train in the cold places and on artificial turfs. So it is very difficult to keep applying pressure for ninety minutes as the players also get tired. So at that time we had to hold deep.
"As you can see Lamine Tamba is playing football after six months and he did his job like Eugenson (Lyngdoh), who is playing after an injury. He isn’t fully fit but he tried his best. Manandeep (Singh) played after six months and scored, which is good. So once we play more matches now, more combinations will come out. They just played their second match with us. So once we combine and create chances, we will get better. We are creating chances that we are not converting in every match."
Quizzed on the contributions of Subrata Paul to Rangdajied United as the India goalkeeper has put in decent performances in the last two outings, Kashyap enunciated, “Excellent is the word. He has given confidence to the team's defenders. It is the main thing that Subrata is there in the goal. So that mind-set changes of the players. Most of our players have never played in the I-League and so there is difference in the level of play. He (Paul), Gouramangi (Moirangthem), Manandeep and Tamba have given a big boost to my squad which we needed. Coupled with the young players who are very talented, we will try to get ourselves into a better position.”
“I feel the losses have stopped and so we are waiting for the win. It’s a jinx I feel and once we get that win under our belt there won’t be any stopping us. Then Edmar (Figueria) will also comeback, who is suffering from a groin injury. We will get better.”
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