Oscar Bruzon Barreras, the Sporting Clube de Goa coach, was visibly pleased with his team’s terrific display against Shillong Lajong after they won a tight, enthralling encounter by a solitary goal courtesy of Ogba Kalu in the 39thminute.
A resilient Sporting then held on, turning away tide after tide of Shillong attacks to secure their first victory of the season.
Speaking after the match, Barreras refused to get carried away while praising his team on their terrific display.
On being asked how good a victory it was and if he was happy with his team’s performance in the match, he replied, “Probably, Yes. We had a very, very tough week after a defeat last time out against United Sports Club. All in all, there were consequences. I think we were working the full week. So, the first-half we were excellent and in the second half, Shillong weren’t able to utilize the midfield.
“We just sat-back in the second half and took them on the counter-attack. So yes, I’m extremely happy. Also, I want to say one thing. This is the first victory of the season for our team. So I want to dedicate the victory to my team. They have put in their efforts this week and have been working extremely hard. So it was good.”
Unfortunately, the match saw a stoppage due to poor visibility and lighting conditions. Barreras mentioned that his team wasn’t affected by the delay.
“I knew the match was going to be delayed or restarted maybe by an hour or two. So I told the players not to stop warming up. It is very important to remain fresh after forty five minutes. So, it did not affect us. We were playing the same game and I’m very happy with this win. Shillong are a tough team, they got as much points as they could from the opening fixtures. Thus, I’m very happy for taking the first win of the season,” stated a calculative Barreras, who refused any inkling of doubt as to whether a delay in the match kickoff affected his team’s performance.
One of the key highlights of the game was Sporting’s apparent lack of time management and their eagerness to delay proceeding and thus stall the opposition’s tempo.
On being confronted with the question as to if his team deliberately delayed procedures to ensure Shillong couldn’t get back into the game, by scoring the goal they so needed, he concluded, “Shillong are a very tough team, but our players were fighting for every single ball, but I never thought we wasted a lot of time, those are personal opinions.”
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