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Ashley Westwood: Robin Singh will get better

Ashley Westwood: I wasn’t happy with the way Mumbai FC kicked the ball out

Ashley Westwood: Robin Singh will get better

Bengaluru FC

The Englishman stated that it was a case of a point gained following his team’s draw against Mumbai FC...

Bengaluru FC’s Ashley Westwood was involved in a heated exchange with Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil during the 1-1 draw between the two sides on Sunday at the Bangalore Football Stadium.

On being asked to explain what led to the above mentioned incident, Westwood said, “I was not happy with the way they kicked the ball out. They were upset because we didn't give the ball back and that's the only way you can tackle Mumbai FC. Credit to them after that, there was little time wasting.”

The 37-year old mentioned that he eyed full points from the fixture but given that they managed to comeback after being a goal down, a point was welcome.

“I’m not happy with the result. We wanted to win the game. The performance was there and obviously we wanted the three points.

“At one nil down, if you see this, it's one point gained. But before the game, with all the players and the way we assessed ourselves, it could be a two point loss. So, it’s like a double-edged sword really. And we showed our character and got back into the game.”

Sean Rooney was deployed on the left of the attacking front three, a position usually occupied by Sunil Chhetri who was suspended for the tie. The Australian didn’t have the best performance as he missed a couple of chances which should have been scored.

“He (Rooney) made good diagonal runs in behind the defense and he was looking to score. A bit more composure and he might have scored a goal. He was a threat to them. He looked after the ball quite well and I don’t think I have complaints about anybody out there.

“Any star players (Chhetri) you will miss. Not going to matter who he is. But we have a good squad. All these things happen in football - suspensions, injuries and we need to be adaptable, and we’ve showed that we can be adaptable, we were a threat. I thought we were the better side,” he opined.

Almost all of Bengaluru’s attacks were initiated from the right where Beikhkhei Beingaiccho’s crosses are a constant source of menace for the opposition defenders. Westwood claims that he wasn’t worried about the lack of creativity in the rest of the team.  

“No not really. We created good chances. You can only judge creativity on chances that are created in a game and we got five or six really good chances to win the game, but we just haven’t put the ball in the back of the net. So as long as we keep creating those chances, there will be no problems,” he explained.

Robin Singh who started as the lone striker for Bengaluru FC managed to find the back of the net with a header in the 55th minute. However he was guilty of missing a couple of more opportunities but Westwood mentioned that the India international was improving with every game.

“He’s getting into the right areas and is learning. He’s learning to be goal threat and he was unfortunate to have not had two or three goals today. If he keeps listening and improving, he’ll be a better player.”

Mumbai FC appealed for a penalty against an alleged handball by Curtis Osano and Westwood explained why the referee was right not to award a spot-kick against his side.

“I think the referee used a bit of common sense. You know the arm is not above the waist. If the arm was in an unnatural position, then there is intent, then it’s a handball. If there’s no intent and the arm is not in an unnatural position, then it’s not a deliberate handball and that’s the rule.”


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