United Sports Club bounced from being two goals down to win the tie 3-2 against Churchill Brothers in an I-League encounter at the Kalyani Stadium on Saturday.
Subhash Bhowmick, the technical director of Churchill Brothers, pointed towards the poor fitness levels of his squad which was a result of a poor pre-season.
"You can manage the situation with tactics for the first 60 minutes. But the kind of fitness our side has, strategies come to no use after the hour mark," he remarked.
Mariano Dias, the coach of the Red Machines, was disappointed with the performance as they squandered an opportunity to notch their first victory of the season.
"We had a good start to the game. In the second half, we scored an early goal to double our lead. But suddenly the team collapsed. There was a lack of concentration from our side and that gave them the goals. That's how we gave away the match. United [SC] came back strong as well after being two goals down," he explained.
Goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya was not at the top of his game and was partly guilty in two of the three goals scored by the Kolkata outfit.
"I shouldn't blame only the goalkeeper for the goals as it was a defensive error. Also, we conceded the first and the third goal from corners,” Bhowmick defended his custodian.
The foreign contingent, namely Hameed Adesope and Hugo Machado, didn’t impress either as Churchill couldn’t deal with the barrage of attacks launched by United Sports Club in the last half hour.
"I am happy with my foreigners but Hugo didn't give his best today and was not up to the mark. We have to see (about adding new foreigners) as we have Henri [Antchouet] at home who is injured,” he mentioned.
Churchill's head coach, Mariano Dias praised the effort of United SC’s players for their dramatic comeback but also pointed that the weather played its part too as they found it difficult to adjust to the conditions.
"United played very well and credit should go to them. They came back very well after our two goal lead. For our side, I think a top three finish from here will be very good. But the heat here is quite different from Goa. Here you get a lot of saliva in the throat which gives us problems," he said.
The Goan giants are still without any win in this edition of the I-League and Dias opined that they just need one positive result to overcome their poor run of form.
“We were winning today and lost from a good position. A single win can give us the moral boost we need," Dias signed off.
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