Derrick Pereira: We need to pull up our socks

The Greens’ manager admitted his side had defensive issues with the attack performing well...

Derrick Pereira, coach of I-League side Salgaocar FC, has highlighted that he expects his players to keep their focus throughout the games that follow or it would result in them conceding like they did in their recent encounter against Shillong Lajong which they lost 2-1.

Lajong took the lead in the 22nd minute, against the run of play. Subash Singh then doubled the hosts lead in the 37th minute as the away side began to flounder. Salgaocar pulled one back quickly as Daryll Duffy was once again at the thick of the things, with the Irishman heading home from inside the box as early as the 52nd minute. However, that’s the way the score-line stayed with the Greens’ unable to further penetrate the Reds defense to restore parity.

The loss leaves Salgaocar FC with a mountain to climb as Bengaluru FC already registered a hard fought victory just as Pune FC geared up to face Mumbai FC.

“I don’t have words to say. I think we were okay until we conceded the first goal. Our defense went to sleep again. Like last time (against Bengaluru FC and Sporting Clube de Goa) there were defensive lapses and because of these mistakes I think we conceded two goals. We didn’t give anything away at the back. We dominated in the second half. A bit more creativity is needed in the midfield and maybe if we had kept our composure, we’d have scored the equalizer,” explained Derrick Pereira when he was asked on his opinion on his team’s performance.

Asked if the defensive issues were plaguing the squad especially with their domination in attack, and if that was somehow getting to the players, Pereira responded, “Yes, but the past results are playing on the players’ minds. Especially after the first goal, I think that put us off and the whole team went down. But in the second half, they got together. They were pumped up to get back into the game and that’s just what the team did. I think we need to pull up our socks and focus on the match. We need to play our natural game.”

“I think without their team (Shillong Lajong) leaders (Minchol Son, Cornell Glen and Bomfim Uilliams) and they were looking to hit us on the counter and that’s what they did with the second goal. Their boys did well. I congratulate them and wish them all the best,” concluded Derrick, with him clarifying his thoughts on the Shillong Lajong team that beat his side.


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