East Bengal thumped Yangon United 5-1 on Wednesday to secure a berth in the last eight of the prestigious AFC Cup. Chidi Edeh scored a hat-trick, while Penn Orji and Mehtab Hossain scored ine goal each.
Trevor James Morgan, the East Bengal gaffer was a happy man after the match as he praised his boys for the performance. “It has been a great team effort. Full credit goes to the boys for the job they have done on the field. We played good football throughout the 90 minutes. Yangon was totally outplayed. Our forward line opened them up,” said the British coach in the post match conference.
The British coach had rested all the four foreigners in the last I-League match against Shillong Lajong and went on to lose the fixture. It irked a portion of the Red and Gold faithful and Morgan had to face criticism. After the match Morgan solemnly answered the critics by saying, “Yes, we had to face criticism for losing the last match. But it is losing, which hurts me the most; not the words. Today was a great day for the club and I hope we continue this good form.”
The club is yet to play a couple of important Kolkata League matches this season as they face Prayag United and Mohun Bagan next week in their bid to win the complete a double. “We need to concentrate on that. Today has been a great evening. Tomorrow will be a break. Then the boys should again start working for the two big matches coming our way. We need to move on from this success,” told the Red and Gold coach.
The coach expressed his disappointment for the paltry number of supporters that attended the match. “It was a big match for the club. I am sure the supporters who attended the match are returning home with the joy of the victory. I asked the officials yesterday about the expected number of supporters who will visit the stadium. They told me that it could be as high as 60,000. So, honestly I was disappointed to see the number being so less.”
He also conceded that the mindset of the Indian football fans needs to be changed for the betterment of the game and they should give International matches more preference than cross-town rivalries.
The East Bengal coach denied the rumours that he has submitted an official resignation to the club before the match and his future in East Bengal continues to be shrouded in mystery as he instantly remarked “no comment” when asked about it.
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