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Westwood: Robin Singh has injured his shoulder

Ashley Westwood: Race for the I-League title is open

Westwood: Robin Singh has injured his shoulder

Sandip Saha

The 37-year old has a couple of injury concerns to worry about before they face Shillong Lajong next…

Bengaluru FC deservedly won 3-1 against United Sports Club on Thursday in a round 21 I-League fixture at the Kalyani Football Stadium, Kolkata.

The southern outfit have now opened a seven point gap at the top with another five matches to go and are in prime position to win the league title in their debut season. However coach Ashley Westwood refused to take things for granted and mentioned that complacency will nowhere come close to them.

“It’s (an) open (title race). There are five games left and so we have 15 points to play for. Some team have 18 points to play for and some have 21. So mathematics will tell you there are lot of matches and points to play for. We are not thinking we are anyway near winning the league. We have lot of stuff to do and hence won’t be complacent,” he said.

United SC, under the guidance of technical director Subrata Bhattacharya have turned into a defensive minded side who prefer to sit back as opposed to the style they used to play in when Eelco Schattorie was their head coach.

“We knew they would sit back and try to be compact so it was important that we got the ball ahead quickly. We played quick football to try and break them down. You know the goal came after a lot of possession, when the ball came in from the wide areas and we got some runners into the box. We looked to pull them out of little holes. That was the game plan and thankfully it worked,” he explained.

Robin Singh was handed a rare start by Westwood but had to be substituted midway through the first half due to an injury.

“He’s (Robin Singh) injured his shoulder so we’ll have to look and see how he is doing. (John) Johnson injured his ankle but he’ll be okay. We just have to ice it up and look after it properly,” he said.

Sunil Chhetri has been in sublime form this season and tops the scoring charts with 13 goals. On being asked to comment on Chhetri’s efforts, he said, “Yes, he’s in good form. He’s a regular scorer. He’s got 13 now, which should make him top scorer in his own right. If he carries on in this form, I’m sure he’ll become the league’s top scorer (at the end of the season).”


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