By Kaustav Bera
Goal in its end of season special analyses the performance of all the teams in India's top flight and in this piece, we focus on Shillong Lajong.
Shillong Lajong FC
Expectation : After a disappointing 2012-13 season where Thangboi Singto took charge midway and helped them steer away from relegation, fans kept their expectations low. With some inspired signings in the form of Cornell Glen and Uilliams Souza, besides retaining Minchol Son, Singto targeted a top half finish.
Result: Shillong Lajong finished sixth as he set out, with
|STAT OF THE SEASON
Lajong have conceded the maximum
goals (37) among the top ten teams
in this season's I-League.
The Coach : Singto who took over after the Desmond Bulpin debacle has been a good coach for Shillong Lajong in all respects. Right from choosing his foreign contingent very wisely to making the best use of his team, Singto has been at the top of his game.
A vocal presence on the touchline, a man of few excuses, he is always ready to accept his faults and deficiencies and work on it in earnest. Singto has also never hesitated in playing youth and also brought the best out of the talented Boithang Haokip.
Where it went wrong: The lack of an established number one and playing Jibon Singh out of position alongside Minchol Son in defense meant that they let in goals aplenty. The flimsy defense was the chief reason that they failed to break into the top three as a lack of concentration often made them give away goals cheaply.
|Top 3 Performances
1. Mumbai FC 2-3 Shillong Lajong FC
2. Shillong Lajong 2-1 Salgaocar FC
3. Shillong Lajong 3-0 Bengaluru FC
|Top Player of the Season
|Flop Player of the Season
“This is our best finish in the I-League so far. The biggest credit goes to my players."
- Thangboi Singto
(Shillong Lajong manager)