Trevor Morgan: It won't be easy to play against us at home

The East Bengal coach believes his side will be strong favorites for their two remaining home games in the AFC Cup, as they seek to secure qualification after beating Tampines
By Teng Kiat

Former Sengkang Punggol coach Trevor Morgan savored a sweet victory on Wednesday night, as he watched his East Bengal side beat Tampines Rovers 4-2 in a thrilling AFC Cup tie at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

“Ten times I’ve played Tampines and nine times was with Sengkang and once now [but] that’s the first win, so I am pretty happy with it!” he cheerily told the media after the game.

“Tonight we’ve come out on top, but we’ve got to do it again next week now [in the return match].”

His side caught the Stags out on the break for their three second-half goals, but the Englishman claimed they didn’t set out to play that way.

“It’s just the way we play, really,” Morgan said. “We tend to defend a bit deep because we have got players in the attacking positions who have got a bit of pace and who can make things happen.

“We didn’t really do that in the first half [but] the game became open [in the second] and we found spaces to exploit, and we looked dangerous on the counter-attack.”

Morgan admits he was a little worried until the fourth goal made the game safe, but was overall satisfied with victory.

“I can’t tell you whether I was expecting it [the win] because it depends on the Tampines players - the way they play the game, they try and win [and] we do the same as well,” he pointed out.

“I think it was a very, very open game - sometimes a bit more than I would have liked - but we’ve got some good players who can hit teams on the counter-attack, and we’ve done that tonight.”

With two wins and a draw from their first three games, Morgan believes that his team is well-placed to make the next round, especially as two of their remaining three matches will be played at home.

“We’ve got a good start and it’s important to get a good start and win your home games,” he said.

“We’ve only played one home game, which we’ve won, so anything you get away from home is a bonus and we are on seven points now.

“We’ve got two home games coming up [and] I can’t say I expect to win, but we will probably be favorites because it’s not easy to come and play at Kolkata [with] a 2p.m kick-off on a stinking hot afternoon, and two teams have got to come and do that!”