United Sports Club haven’t won any of their last ten matches in the I-League and find themselves with 20 points from 19 matches. They have another five games to save their season with three of those to be played at home.
They went down 3-1 to Bengaluru FC on Thursday and as a result find themselves embroiled in a battle to avoid the drop.
“During our third goal, the goalkeeper (Jayanta Paul0 had no need to play a short pass as he could have taken a shot to the midfield easily. These are lack of communication (issues) we have to work on. I hope we can avoid relegation,” said coach Ananta Kumar Ghosh.
Assistant coach Anjan Nath was disappointed with the performance of his players given the lack of coordination between them.
“We conceded the second goal (own goal by Dhanachandra Singh) all of a sudden because of a lack of co-ordination. That changed the course of the game. In the first few minutes of the second half we were building up good attacks and had also scored a goal. But we could never really get back into the game after that own goal.
“The boys are trying hard, but it’s a rough patch for us. No, we have not been ultra-defensive. We tried to do what every team does, i.e. go on attack but be aware of the limitations. Maybe we couldn’t execute our plan properly, but that does not mean our strategy was wrong. Bengaluru is a championship contender and you have to give them proper respect. It’s not easy to play perfectly against them. We were lacking a few things and these things have to be rectified,” he defended the planning of the technical staff.
Nath stated that all was not lost and that their fight to remain in the top flight will be more intense than those challenging for the title.
“I hope we will be able to avoid relegation. We have three home matches left against East Bengal, Mohammedan Sporting and Mohun Bagan. The remaining two are against Churchill Brothers and Salgaocar. We are under immense pressure now and the players are trying hard also. Our fight will be more intense than the teams that are vying for the championship.
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