Derrick Pereira: Salgaocar have patience when defending

The Goan gaffer was pleased that his side continued their good run of form as they registered full points against Dempo…

Salgaocar FC have conceded just a goal in their last five I-League matches as they won 2-0 against Dempo SC on Wednesday.

Coach Derrick Pereira praised the effort of goalkeeper Karanjit Singh who pulled off at least three top saves in the match.

“Praise God for three points, two goals and a clean sheet. We could have conceded but Karanjit was excellent with 3 saves, one in the first half and two in the second. (Darryl) Duffy did very well today. I am happy with the way we played. This style suits us, the way we are passing, the way we are defending, looking at counters,” he said.

On being asked on their hopes of winning the I-League this season, Pereira said, “We still have to concentrate on the next match. Every match is important. We need to keep winning all the matches and we need to look at other results as well. We have five more matches to go. We will try our best from our side. We will keep working hard, enjoy the games and see what happens. God willing (title) maybe!”

League leaders Bengaluru FC have to play four away matches in their final five games this season. On the other hand, Salgaocar have to travel only once outside Goa to Pune.

“We have one away with Pune and another one home away from home (against Sporting Clube de Goa are the home side). It all depends, now we are playing with just 2 days break (against United Sports Club). We need to recover from today. It’s getting hot; day-by-day it’s getting hot. It takes a lot of energy from the players. They work, they keep working hard. The next match will be another crucial game, because we are playing in 2 days time.”

Pereira stressed that no team in the league can be taken for granted and to win the title, every game from now until the end of the season would be important.

“You cannot relax; there is no time for that. You have to be on your toes. Every match is tough and every match is important. At the moment it is becoming very interesting on the top of the table. We will try our best.”

Salgaocar are known to let the opposition see more of the ball and hit teams on counter. The Greens coach was asked if his side were a tad too slow in the first half despite scoring twice, Pereira said, “Like I said that’s the style. We have patience in defending, allowing teams to keep possession and that has helped us.”


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