The Mohammedan coach stated that the decision to substitute Ishfaq Ahmed in the first half was tactical...
Pune FC beat Mohammedan Sporting 2-0 at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune on Wednesday evening.
Mohammedan coach Sanjoy Sen accepted his team's shortcomings and said there were no excuses for the poor performance.
"We will not give any excuses. The right team won and there is no question about it," he said.
When asked about the team's financial status and their struggled with the team after the Durand Cup success, the coach diplomatically said, "Actually I was not with the team in the Durand Cup. I only joined on 13rd December so I don’t know what happened."
Mohammedan never really looked like putting up a fight and Sen opined, “Maybe one-or-two payers got injured but I’ll have to sit and think and look to the next match."
The Black and Whites have won two knockout tournaments this season, namely the Durand Cup and the IFA Shield, but their form in the I-League has been woeful.
“After winning one-or-two matches you can regain the points lost in the league. In the knockout matches it was not that. In the league you can. Now we play Salgaocar on the 22nd, so if we win there then it is good for us so we can recover the three points lost."
When asked about the substitution of Ishfaq Ahmed in the 39th minute, the coach said it was tactical and not because he was injured.
"It was a tactical change, not due to an injury. He was frustrated but it is normal and happens all over the world. We should not put emphasis on it."
"Actually in every department and too often we lose the ball in the midfield. So whenever we got the ball we gave it away too much so after conceding the second goal there is no chance.”
He praised Pune FC's young centre-back Salam Ranjan Singh and the club’s policy to hand youngsters a start.
"They are all young players which is very positive sign for Pune. He is a very good player. Every team should do that.
“We are over dependent on older players. Our two main players, Penn Orji and Josimar were marked and they are also off form. Orji hardly played any correct passes, maybe just one or four, not any more. We failed in every department."
He admitted his side could not match Pune's energy in midfield and said they have a lot to work on.
"We have to go, sit back and think. We failed in every department and that is the ultimate answer."
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