Pune FC were left red faced as they conceded two goals in injury time which allowed Rangdajied United to script a famous 3-2 win at home in round 14 of the I-League.
Mike Snoei, the Pune FC coach, was understandably disappointed with his players for not doing enough to deserve full points from the game.
“Yes, we dominated in the first half but we forgot to add another one to make it 3-0. If we had scored the game would have been finished. But unfortunately after that the opponents fought and they deserved to win because they were fantastic at the end.”
“Well, we forgot to score the third goal with Mustapha Riga. Thereafter the game would have been over. When that happens you give them more motivation, more spirit and you know when you play in Shillong, there is always a fighting spirit. Our football was better in the first half, but what can I say we lost 3-2.”
On being asked as to what went wrong in the second half with his team’s back-line, Snoei responded saying, “You think our defending was good? I think it was not good, sorry.”
The Red Lizards are going through a poor run of form as they have failed to pick three points in their fourth straight game. They were lucky to register a win against Salgaocar FC as the latter had fielded an unregistered player against them which saw them being awarded three points as opposed to winning it by their performance on the pitch.
“Yes, we’ve had a few draws and our plan is not going our way. After this we again have two away games, so it’s a tough journey. But today we played with five players from the U-21 category. Fanai Lalrempuia is seventeen years old and playing on the right of midfield. We all look at development. We don’t look only at the result. Yes, Pune FC are a team that like to win. Yet, we play together and today we played with a 19 year-old-striker, a seventeen year-old midfielder and a 19 year old central defender. So we also do development.“
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