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The 45-year-old stressed that the point earned against Churchill Brothers could turn out to be valuable at the end of the season...


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In what was certainly a listless affair in Goa, Bencherifa mentioned that his side were out to seize three points as opposed to getting a draw.

“We drew the game and it's a point away against a very good team like Churchill. Maybe we come at the end of the season and see that this is a very valuable point, we don't know, but we wanted to win."

The Moroccan was pleased in the manner his team played though admitted that the final finish was lacking.

"For most of the game we had three strikers or attacking midfielder and two strikers. We defended well. We distributed the ball quite well. We had good possession. Our moves were nicely done. We always managed to put Katsumi [Yusa] in space by the movement of the midfield. It's just that sometimes the final finish wasn't there. Otherwise, we think we had the correct game."

Wahid Sali won the man of the match award and his coach explained the improvement in his performance.

“Aibor [Khongjee] did a great job on the left. Wahid [Sali], you had seen is the man of the match - I think he improved. We advised him to calm down and to lessen those unnecessary tackles that could cost him a card. Eche (Echezona Anyichie) and Kingshuk [Debnath] also were great. The midfield also was good," he said.

"Overall, I think it was an improved performance, but I'm hundred percent sure [that] we still have room for improvement. We can do better," Bencherifa concluded.

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