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Derrick Pereira: Our midfield needs to improve

Derrick Pereira: We needed a striker like Dudu

Derrick Pereira: Our midfield needs to improve

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The Goan coach was pleased with the performance dished out against Mohammedan Sporting on Saturday…

Salgaocar FC coach Derrick Pereira stated that winning in Kolkata is always difficult and hence even a 1-0 victory over Mohammedan Sporting was welcome.

“It's always good to win against Kolkata clubs, since winning here is hard. We had a narrow margin of victory and were lucky a bit as they wasted a few chances. We were resilient and defended well,” said Pereira.

Dudu Omagbemi scored the only goal of the game in the first half and came close on a couple of occasions. The Nigerian has now scored twice in as many matches and on both occasions, they won his side three points.

“We needed a good readymade striker and in Dudu we have that. He has now scored in the last two matches and I hope he copes up with the condition better in the next few matches. Remember, he has come from Finland and it's not easy to adapt to the climate here suddenly.”

Salgaocar are now placed fourth in the standings with 24 points from 16 games and on being asked whether they are aiming for the title, Pereira remained coy.

“It's always good to be back among wins. I have told my boys to keep fighting, keep playing like the way they played today. We need a bit of favour from other teams as well. For now, we have to do things that are in control of us.”

Pereira acknowledged that teams from Kolkata play far too many games in a season and as a result are tired in the crucial stage when the league reached its business end.

“I watched an interview of Sanjoy Sen (Mohammedan Sporting coach) where he told that his team is fighting a fatigue factor. In the last match against Pune that I was watching online, I found that in his side. They have played many matches in the Federation Cup and the IFA Shield during the break.”

In the second half, Salgaocar were primarily defending and wee guilty of giving away possession on many occasions.

“Our midfield needs to improve and especially the young Clifton (Dias) has to take more care of possession. He has to learn better ways of keeping the ball. Overall, it was a good performance,” Pereira signed off.

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