The Goan is disappointed with the form his team has showed in front of goal and refuses to put it down to misfortune.Churchill Brothers SC coach Mariano Dias refuses to accept that luck has anything to do with his team's poor display in the I-League 2013-14 after clinching the title last season.
The Red Machines suffered their seventh defeat this season after a narrow 0-1 defeat against Shillong Lajong FC in a round 14 match on Tuesday in which Cornell Glen scored the winner in the 71st minute.
"It's not bad luck. We could not score. They got one chance...in the whole match goalkeeper (Arindam Bhattacharya) had to stop only two balls. You could see clearly [that] he did not come out first, but he had got the ball. The goalkeeper had all the time to grab it," Dias lamented after a goalkeeping error cost his side the match.
"Overall, the whole game was ours, but what is the use of performing if we don't score and on top of that we concede? So it doesn't make any sense," he added.
Asked what is the defending champions' need of the hour, Dias replied, "We need goals. All we need to do is put the ball in the back of the net. We have to score at least one. Then if they (opponents) equalise we have at least a point. If we concede first and cannot score...it's now our 12th match and how many goals have we scored (9)."
Churchill Brothers had as many as five changes against Shillong Lajong with the most notable being defenders Ravanan Dharmaraj and Denzil Franco relegated to the bench. "We had to, because they had been tired and they need rest, but the others also did a good job...Sanjay [Balmuchu], Satish [Singh]," Dias reasoned.
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