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The Red and Gold gaffer is happy with the point against Salgaocar FC and suggests that it will take him some time to change Kolkata football

Armando Colaco earned his first point in Goa as East Bengal coach after a 0-0 draw with Salgaocar FC on Wednesday, in a round 14 I-League encounter at the Duler stadium. The Green and Whites had defeated the Kolkata-based outfit 3-2 in the return leg that was played in round 8.

"It was a good game. Both the teams played well and created chances. What else can I expect? We have lost the earlier game there, but to take a point in Goa I am very happy," the 60-year-old said after the match.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was named "Most Valuable Player" and with good reason as the goalkeeper pulled off a string of excellent saves and even denied Matthew Foschini from the penalty-spot in the 25th minute.

"He (Gurpreet) is a youngster who has got a lot of potential. So I feel that I should encourage a youngster," Colaco added.

The former Dempo SC coach saw a quixotic kind of support in Goa which Colaco was left bemused by but expressed his appreciation for the same.

"I think this [kind of support] has happened [to me] for the first time - probably because I'm a Goan, they came to encourage me. If any other [Goan] coach goes to Mohun Bagan, maybe they'll also get the support. You see, they (fans) love to support - this is exactly what I appreciate."

Colaco has so far recorded two wins, two draws and one loss while in charge of East Bengal, although he feels that it will take him some time to change the way football is played in Kolkata.

"It's quite difficult to change Kolkata football, because they like to play straight. You can't play straight football anywhere in the world. You'll lose the ball. Salgaocar kept the ball. That was the difference. So it will take time for me. The players also will adjust as time passes," Colaco mentioned.

"Every alternate day we're playing a game. From Shillong we came here, from here we're going to Bangalore. So it's a very tough schedule, but the boys are playing well and that's more important."

With regard to the formation employed at East Bengal, Colaco revealed, "This is a 4-1-3-2. [Harmanjot] Khabra plays down. Dika (Lalrindika Ralte), [Ryuji] Sueoka and Mama (Shylo Malswamtulunga)...it's 4-1-3-2. Making them understand."

Wednesday's line-up saw James Moga pair up with Edeh Chidi in attack with Thokchom Naoba Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Raju Gaikwad and Saumik Dey as the four defenders for the Red and Gold.


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