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Bhowmick: I-League teams are of a higher standard

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Bhowmick: I-League teams are of a higher standard

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The Churchill Brothers technical director was disappointed following his teams 1-1 draw against Sporting Clube de Goa...

Sporting Clube de Goa and Churchill Brothers played out a 1-1 draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa in an I-League encounter last weekend.

Churchill Brothers technical director Subhash Bhowmick expressed his displeasure that his side could pick up only a point in spite of having created a lot of chances.

“Extremely (disappointed). So many chances created and so many missed chances. Defense was all through compact, just after the goal they lost their concentration and we conceded - silly goal. But after that also we got chances, so everything goes like this. Every time it doesn’t go smooth like life. It was a tough fight," he opined.

Churchill had quite a few players missing out through injury, but the technical director still praised his side for their good showing.

“Satish Singh is basically a right back, he cannot play left back but I am grateful that he agreed to play, and he did quite good. His work load is amazing. We have to move on. But without them (the missing players) look at the chances we created, and this team has lost only two matches in the last four games. These three points would have given us some breathing space.”

Prolific striker Balwant Singh was not at his best as he missed a few chances during the course of the game, but Bhowmick refused to blame the striker.

It happens, he scored some amazing goals this season. Anthony (Wolfe) also has been scoring. It happens.”

On being questioned whether fatigue had played its part he said, “We were travelling to Singapore, coming back, after the match the body gets tired. Morning they left from Singapore and came back in the evening. Next morning its training andd it’s taking a toll on us.”

He also went on to mention that teams in the I-League are at a much higher standard than those plying their trade in the AFC Cup, a competition where Churchill seem to be performing well.

“AFC Cup's a tournament which we are represented in is a second tier (competition). The standards of those teams are much much below par than any of the I-League teams."

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