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The English coach believes that a draw against the north eastern outfit would have been a fair result…

Bengaluru FC suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Rangdajied United in round 19 of the I-League last weekend. It was an opportunity missed by the southern side to extend their lead at the top as except for Salgaocar FC, none of their other title rivals namely Sporting Clube de Goa, Pune FC and Shillong Lajong managed to win in the last round of matches.

On being asked as to what went wrong for Bengaluru FC when they faced Rangdajied, a team which is placed at the bottom of the pile, coach Ashley Westwood claimed that Steven Dias’ opening goal was accidental.

“We got back into the game after being 2-0 down. They scored a fortuitous goal if you like - the first goal. They just took a pot shot and it went in the top corner. Those things happen in football. Second goal was a poor goal to give away on our behalf. We got to them in the wide areas and they we didn’t defend the cross and then we changed our tactics at half-time and had them on the ropes.

“We dominated in the second half and got it back to 2-2. There was only one team in it but unlucky for us against the run of play they scored a goal and we end up losing the game.”

Bengaluru FC conceded three goals against Rangdajied and now have leaked the most amongst the top three sides in the league. Westwood defended his players and didn’t agree that the back-line’s performance was below par.

“Not really. Like I said the first goal was almost a cross if you like. It went into the top corner and I don’t think he (Steven Dias) meant that. The second goal was a poor goal to give away. Probably on the second goal we were found wanting but on the whole we had done enough, especially in the second half to go and get something from the game.”

Ranti Martins’ addition to Rangdajied squad in the wwinter transfer window made the difference as he scored the winner in the 76th minute.

“We knew they would be fighting for their lives as they’ve shown. They’re in good spirits. Plus the injection of Ranti Martins, the new signing, the new coach (Hering Shangpliang) was always going to help them so we were prepared for that. Credit to them on the day, they’ve got the 3 points; probably a draw in my eyes would be fair result.

“These things happen in football. It was an away game so it’s not all doom and gloom. You can’t win every single game. We still have 7 games to push on and make a stake for the league.”

 

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