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The Shillong Lajong gaffer was disappointed that his side failed to put in a strong fight against Salgaocar…

Thangboi Singto was dejected following the 3-1 thrashing by Salgaocar FC last week in Goa. His side were second best for most periods and Singto acknowledged that the strategy employed by Salgaocar proved effective.

“The first goal (Darryl Duffy) which they scored, the goalkeeper (Vinay Singh) could have done much better. I was disappointed on that because we knew that if we don’t concede in the first half, we had the power to score in the form of Cornell Glen.

“After the first goal, we tried to comeback but the tactics by Salgaocar to play the long balls to Dudu (Omagbemi) and Duffy was quite a handful for the defenders. We could have done better,” he said.

Uilliams Bomfim had a quiet game upfront for the north eastern side and Singto agreed by stating that the Brazilian was far from his best.

“I think he must be also disappointed because he was not at his best. I think he tried his best but maybe the tactical ploy by Salgaocar on long balls was difficult for him as he had to go up and come back again

“It was quite tough for him. But starting from everyone I think we had to do much better. We didn’t do well as a team so we need to work as a team together.”

Vinay Singh was substituted at the start of the second half with Lalthuammawia Ralte coming in. Singto explained the former’s confidence had taken a beating after giving away two goals in the first session.

“When he let in the second goal, I thought his morale was down. Of course he has done great for us in the past. Credit to him but I thought I can bring in a player who is fresh. It’s a good fight between the goalkeepers for the starting spot.”

Shillong Lajong next face Mike Snoei’s Pune FC side this weekend in another away fixture.

“It’s a tough journey again. This is the second away match we played and now we have to go Pune. Thereafter we got to Kolkata again. So it’s tough work but that’s our job as a coach and as players. We have pull up our socks and do our homework again. We must work on our weaknesses, come out strong and be positive.”

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