The Nigerian was pleased to have finally registered a win in the I-League this season while he urges his side to do well in the derby on Thursday...Mohammedan Sporting Club trounced Rangdajied United FC 3-0 in a round five match of the I-League 2013-14 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Meghalaya, on Sunday.
All three goals came in the first half with Tolgay Ozbey (7'), Jerry Zirsanga (18') and Josimar Mendes da Silva (41') finding the back of the net for the visitors, whose coach Abdul Aziz Masood Bola had expected the home team to come hard at them in the second half.
"When Rangdajied were losing 3-0 [at half time], we knew that they would come in full force in the second half. We still held our line. We didn't concede any goals and of course, it was the best of games that we played," Masood stated after the match.
"I mean, we've played better games, but of course, we need to improve as well. We are a good team, but we have lost three games in a row [before this]. So you can imagine that," he added.
The 45-year-old was pleased with his side scoring thrice in the match, but still feels that his midfield and forward line has to improve while showing faith in his defense.
"Rangdajied had a little bit of lapse in the first half. There were some loose ends as we moved the ball better and we struck the goals. The goal chances that we created were put in the net. In the previous game, we had a lot of chances but we couldn't put it in the net. Today we were able to score the goals - that's one of the difference from the games we played before.
"The midfield and the striking positions [need to improve]. The defense is quite okay today. They held their line and maintained the structure. They pushed for the second ball and that's the reason we were able to hold off, because if we don't win the second ball, then we concede goals."
Speaking of Australian striker Tolgay Ozbey's form, Masood commented, "Tolgay is Tolgay. At least, most importantly he made (scored) a goal, which is very important for the psychological aspect. He can come out of the shadows of losing chances and I'm happy for him."
The Black and Whites will face United Sports Club in the first of this season's Kolkata derbies on Thursday, 24 October, and the coach wants his men to continue with the winning momentum.
"We play in Kolkata against United Sports Club. That is our home game. We had three away games in a row - two losses and one win which is okay. So we'll look to capitalise on our win and try to do better," he concluded.
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