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The Shillong Lajong coach feels that he wouldn't have done much better than Mariano Dias in the current situation...

Shillong Lajong FC coach Thangboi Singto has stressed that Churchill Brothers SC are a good team and play good football but have the results going against them this season.

"We must not forget that they (Churchill Brothers) are the I-League champions. They are a good team. They are playing good football, but the result is against them," said Singto.

The Lajong gaffer went on to empathise with his Red Machines counterpart, Mariano Dias, while stating that Churchill Brothers are suffering due to a lack of continuity of their key players.

"Mariano Dias is a senior colleague and a good friend. It's difficult to do your job when the team doesn't do well - how to motivate the team...it's a big task. I wish him the best. Hopefully he gets results in his favour soon," Singto mentioned.

Had he to be in Dias' shoes, the 39-year-old added, "I think I wouldn't have done much better, because the situation is always tough. Good players coming in between...I mean, they might be good, but they take time to gel with the rest of the team also. So continuity with the core players is very important."

"That's what Pune [FC] have been doing - besides the new players, Douhou [Pierre] is there, Arata [Izumi] is there. So I think continuity is very important."

The north eastern side handed the defending champions their seventh loss of the season in an I-League round 14 match on Tuesday, thanks to a solitary strike from Cornell Glen in the 71st minute.

"They (Churchill Brothers) were all over us in many occasions but we stuck to our ground and stayed strong in defense. I give full credit to the players. A win is a win in spite of missing some of our key players. The foreigners make the difference in every team and when you miss them you start thinking...but then they've been playing a lot. Overall a good win," Singto continued.

"Fantastic defensive quality from the back four and the goalkeeper. I always tell the players that 'if you don't concede then you have more chances to win'. Now we have scored 17 goals and conceded 16, so if we concede less goals then we have more chances of winning matches and going up the ladder," the Lajong coach deduced.

"Glen could have scored one more and [Seikhohao] Tuboi could have hit the target also. Sometimes players are charged up to put their name on the scoresheet but could have played it to the other striker. 1-0 is always a dangerous score. If Churchill had made it 1-1, it would have been very difficult for us to maintain because they were good in attacking. But as I said, full credit to the defense."

Shillong Lajong have so far enjoyed good away form in Goa with two wins against Dempo SC and Churchill Brothers while they face Sporting Clube de Goa next on Saturday.

"We have a very tough match coming up against Sporting [Clube de Goa] against whom we lost 1-0 at home. So let's see what happens," Singto concluded.


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