Santosh Kashyap, coach of relegation threatened side Rangdajied United was on cloud nine after his team were victors, for the first time at home in Shillong, thanks to goals from Kim Yong and T. Lanunpuia deep into injury time to complete a memorable comeback against the league’s second place team.
Mustapha Riga and Gurjinder had scored two to give the visiting side a comfortable first half lead before it was halved in the 62nd minute by Edmar. That was followed by the catastrophic collapse of Pune in the final few minutes which saw Rangdajied steal all three points much to the delight of Kashyap, who voiced the confidence in his team in a post-match press conference.
“Yes. The boys played, I didn’t play. I just guided them. I’m very, very happy. It was a tremendous comeback and I have confidence as I’ve always been telling you the quality of this team. We have been constantly improving and today I think I had a complete team after Edmar joined. I think this was the first match that I got all of my foreigners together and he did his job. Everyone played perfect,” exclaimed the exuberant coach.
Asked about how he rallied his troops at the half-time interval, Kasyap elucidated, “It happens. We were on the attack in the first and I think they got maybe two chances. That’s why they’re a good team. But I told them (Rangdajied players), ‘We have to win this.’ 45 minutes were left in the second half and it is a long time in football. We did it and I’m extremely happy. We were down 2-0 but we have made comebacks before as well. So I was confident we could comeback now and win this match.”
Questioned on how he would you take away from this win, Kashyap responded, “Cutting edge. I think we are a very dangerous team, especially now with the joining of our 4th foreigner, Edmar. We’ll prove that in the future matches. We’ll move up the table and we’ll soon be out of the relegation zone.”
“They’re doing well. Last three matches have resulted in them taking two victories and one draw. So I think it will be a competitive match and I want to take full advantage of being at home. I’m much more confident now,” replied Kashyap, analysing the looming threat of Mumbai FC, their next I-League opponents.
Finally, when asked if his team were enjoying the whole-hearted support of the crowd in Shillong, the manager replied, “I’ve been feeling that from the first game. But today was a thrilling win. I hope I can give more games of such nature to the local crowd in the future.”
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