For the second time this season,Shillong Lajong were held by their city rivals in the Shillong derby…
Shillong Lajong and Rangdajied United played out a 0-0 draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday. They two sides picked up a point each which helped Rangdajied ensure that they wouldn’t get relegated at the end of the season.
Thangboi Singto expressed his displeasure after the game as a win would have taken them to fourth spot.
“I'm disappointed because I think a win would have put us in the fourth position. So for me personally, it's a disappointing result,” he said.
The game saw a lack of intensity from both sides with Lajong not really attacking in numbers when they had the ball in good positions.
“We're not fighting for the title and we're not fighting for relegation. In all, you have to go along with the flow of the game but that's not what we want from professionals. Every game is important in its own way.
“I think we have to play the game on its own merit, I think we didn't do that. We lacked a little bit of motivation and a little bit of energy. We lacked a bit of thrust, which is not good. I wouldn't say that my players didn't try their best but we didn't play the type of football we can play or we would like to play. So today was in all a very disappointing day for me.”
Lajong travel to Kolkata next to face Mohun Bagan in their final game of the season. Singto hopes that his side can put in a decent performance to pick up three crucial points.
“We have one more match to go. We have some injury concerns, we missed Boithang (Haokip) today. I think he was one player we missed. He was in the hospital.
“We had to play Milan Singh because we knew that the team needed him. For Shillong, for me personally and the players, a win would have pushed us to finish much better in the league. Now we try to finish the season with a good result in Kolkata.”
Although this is the first time in their history that Lajong aren’t fighting to avoid the drop, Singto wants the inconsistency in their game to be ironed out.
“To be a top team, we have to maintain consistency. We win one game then we draw and that's not the merit of a good team. I think, we have the players and the team to do much better.”