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Santosh Kashyap, coach of Rangadjied United has stated that his side should have won the encounter against Mumbai FC which ended in a 1-1 draw. 

“I’m very satisfied. The boys played well as they constantly attacked. However, I’m upset we couldn’t get the victory as we deserved a win. But then again it’s the I-League. Their goalkeeper (Nidhin Lal) was the man of the match and we have to be satisfied with one point. That’s football,” explained the coach first up, after asked about his team’s performance.

Asked elaborate on Subrata Paul’s performance between the sticks for the Shillong side, who incidentally played his last game for Kashyap’s team on account of his impending loan move to FC Vestsjaelland, Kashyap opined, “He did brilliantly well as a goalkeeper and as a leader too. He is there to guide everyone and give them confidence and you have seen the difference in the last six or seven matches which have been very positive results. I wish him good luck for the future and hope that like he is one of the best in India, he will shine and become one of the best in Denmark also.”

On being asked about the impact Subrata’s exit will have on the team, Kashyap optimistically emphasized, “He has created a bit of vacuum, but we are trying especially to get an experienced goalkeeper to fill in the vacancy. Hope we get the person. We’ll sell two or three players. Otherwise, we’ll carry on with what we have. Let’s see.”       

Questioned on the viability of why David Ngaihte did not start over Manandeep Singh in a crucial encounter, the gaffer reasoned, “David had participated in the local league and played the full game. Plus, he’s always effective in the second half. That was why I played Munmun (Lugun) in the second half of the last game. We have to rotate players. Playing tough matches on alternate days is heavy for the players and that’s why I rotated them.”

When enquired about a chance Rangdajied had, courtesy of an Edmar Figueria strike which was just cleared on the line by the Mumbai FC defenders and was subsequently appealed for by the north east side's players, Kashyap opined, “We had appealed for it, yes. But I don’t know as I was away. But I think referee and linesman could have been better. He’s giving such fouls. So, I feel that could be better. I cannot be the judge of that goal as the lineman was there and not me.”

Asked if it was a toe-to-toe tie, Kashyap replied, “As I summarized earlier, in the first half, they got two corners and two chances one of which was converted by Yusif Yakubu, which shows you the calibre of that person. However, we dominated the game and scored the goal. We gave their goalkeeper many chances to save. In the second half, I feel we were more dominant but they had two or three good attacks and thank God one shot hit the post.

"There were two or three saves by the goalkeeper too. That’s why they’re doing well too, thanks to the joining of these players from the IMG-Reliance bandwagon. They’ve remained unbeaten in the last four games same like us. I feel that since we dominated in the second half, we should win the match. It was an equal encounter.”

On a casual observation, it was noted that Rangdajied are almost always superior in the second half. Asked as to why this trend continues to be carried forward, Kashyap elucidated, “Like I told you, Mumbai had two chances and we were dominating. But style of playing cannot be played from the beginning, not from the start.”

His final words on the Mumbai encounter said it all about the coach, “I’m satisfied, but not happy. I’ve been happy yes, but I’ll be happy once I get all three points.”

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