After a goalless draw in the much-awaited first installment of the Kolkata derby this season, East Bengal boss Trevor Morgan felt that his charges failed to carry out their game plan effectively enough. " It was disappointing from our point of view because all the things we worked at, on Friday, we didn’t do it (today). We had good opportunities in the second half. We showed some good tactics and had chances to go forward. We got that extra person to go forward as well," he suggested.
Moreover, the Englishman felt that neither team wanted to go all out and grab the three points on offer as the game progressed. He felt the safety-first approach embraced by Mohun Bagan and his team was one of the reasons for the goalless draw.
"After a certain point in time, I believe that subconsciously both teams did not want to lose. Hence, the result materialised as a draw," he analysed. "We were a little bit off in the first half, in the second half we were much better. But, we can do better than this as well," he added.
Morgan then went on to highlight the positives from the game. "It was a tough game and we came through with a clean-sheet. We are still at our position and we are still unbeaten. We’ve only conceded three goals in the season. It is not one lucky point, not at all. Considering the efforts, it’s a hard earned one point," he listed out.
The former Dempo coach also opined that his foreign players - Willis Plaza, Wedson Anselme and Ivan Bukenya - turned in good performances when broached on the subject.
The 60-year-old coach then went on to explain the reasoning behind him not rotating his squad very well, due to which fringe players like Thongkhosiem Haokip and Rowllin Borges have not seen much action. "The repetition of the line-up is not a concern. The players (on the bench) are trying hard. We do realize we have to keep their fitness levels up. We’ll use them at some stage of the season. The lack of their game time is not a concern, either. As long as we make sure they are training well, that won’t be a problem," he commented.
"They might be rusty but that wouldn’t be a big problem. The first eleven has picked itself so I can’t change much around.," he weighed in.
Before he signed off, Trevor Morgan insisted that East Bengal are aiming for nothing less than three points in their upcoming away games in the league. "We are looking forward to the away games because those are another three points," concluded Morgan.