The most successful Indian coach in the I-League was disappointed with his team’s performance in the first half against Lajong…
East Bengal are yet to win back-to-back games in the I-League this season. Following their 2-1 thrilling win over Mohammedan Sporting, they fired blanks against Shillong Lajong in a goal-less affair at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.
Coach Armando Colaco was livid with his team’s performance in the first half where the ball was simply being thumped forward towards James Moga.
“We started poorly in the first half with only long balls. It’s not a question of (players) listening. There was no mobility in the first half. Probably we gave everything in the last match (against Mohammedan)
“We were too complacent after their win versus Mohammedan Sporting in the previous game. We beat Shillong last time 4-0. So the players took it for granted,” said Colaco.
East Bengal weren’t aware until an hour before the kick-off of Harmanjot Singh Khabra’s unavailability due to accumulation of four yellow cards which translates into an one-match suspension. Thereafter Subodh Kumar was included in the starting eleven but the former Pailan Arrows player didn’t put in an effective performance and hence was hauled off in the first half itself for Cavin Lobo.
The last minute inclusion of Subodh Kumar did not get him in the right frame of mind as I was told Khabra is suspended. I don't blame him as he is a good player,” he defended the young midfielder.
East Bengal have eight matches to go and have 24 points to show. They are 13 points behind league leaders Bengaluru FC who have played three games more than the Kolkata side.
“This draw would be a setback for our title hopes but we are still there in the hunt (for title). As a coach I cannot discount anything. We can finish second or third or even at the top. But now we have to depend on the teams around us more,” he mentioned.
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