Nathan Hall: Our primary objective is to survive in the I-League this year

The Australian speaks on his team's objective of the season and how they shall go about in achieving the same...

Nathan Hall, coach of United Sikkim, was pleased that his side picked up a point against ONGC FC at the Amedbkar Stadium, Delhi.

The noth-eastern club had a bright start to the game as an unmarked Nadong Bhutia headed in from a quality Nima Tamang cross after twelve minutes to give the visitors the lead. That triggered a quick reply though, as the hosts quickly lifted the pace of the game to equalize on the 24th minute as Sachin Gawas scored from ten yards out. The teams struggled to get themselves going after ONGC’s equalizer and the first half ended as the scores read 1-1. The second half did not produce any more goals as the heroics of goalkeepers, Rehensh TP and Yoon Tae kept the attackers of both the teams at bay.

Nathan Hall made as many as four changes to his lineup from the last game and explained saying, “I am still tinkering with the team. We have a big squad of 32 players and it is not possible to field them all."

United Sikkim’s upcoming fixtures include matches against Pune FC, Mumbai FC and Churchill Brothers, all of whom are enjoying a good run of form and getting a positive result against them would be a tough ask.

“I have been here since 3 weeks only. I do not care about reputations. I have worked in Indonesia, Thailand and Australia and have come here for a challenge," he said with confidence.

The stalemate at the Ambedkar meant United Sikkim sat on the bottom of the table at the end of the year and Hall admitted that surviving the drop would be tough this season.

“I want to survive in the I-League this season, and that is our primary objective. A couple of wins here and there, and we will regain our confidence," he said.

With the January transfer window knocking, Hall reacted on media rumours regarding some link-ups as he commented: “Yes, we are looking to get a striker in."

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