East Bengal coach Trevor Morgan spoke to the media shortly after his team narrowly defeated Pune FC 2-1 in a crucial Group D tie in Kolkata...
East Bengal infused life into their Federation Cup campaign with a vital 2-1 victory over Pune FC at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
Trevor Morgan spoke to the media in the post match press conference.
The Kolkatan outfit made six changes in their starting eleven for this game and also switched to an attacking 3-4-3 formation later in the second half.
Speaking over the issue, Morgan clarified “We are playing every two days so I had to freshen up the team a bit. Today the changes worked but on another day it may not have.”
Over the change in formation, the Englishman said “We had to win today so I had to go for it at 1-1.”
He will though, have to do without the services of Scottish player Alan Gow for the crucial tie against Dempo as the striker received a yellow for simulation in the game against the Red Lizards.
Morgan stated, “Alan has played 12-13 years in various countries and has never been known for diving. Suddenly in a new country he gets booked for simulation by the same referee and thus will be suspended for the next game. Today I thought it was a penalty, its unbelievable that the referee didn't give a penalty.”
The East Bengal coach though, was happy with his new foreign recruit’s performance and added, “When you score in a foreign country, the fans take to you straight away. He played well today and could have scored more than one goal.”
The former Bolton Wanderers player was also unfazed by the pressure on his team. He emphasized, “In a big club there is always pressure to perform, it is nothing new, we had to perform and get the win today. We had chances to win by more and improve our goal difference but the most important thing was to win today and give ourselves a chance to remain in contention for the semis.”
Morgan also looked forward to the clash against Dempo but remained tight lipped over his possible line-up against the Goans.
“I will check everyone tomorrow and then decide on the lineup for the next game but yes I have to keep some of our more important players. Its not easy to play every two days so I have to consider that while naming the team,” he concluded.
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