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ISL 2017: Rene Meulensteen - I didn't expect Wes Brown to see out the 90 minutes

21:02 GMT+3 15/12/2017
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The Kerala Blasters coach was happy with the former Manchester United defender's ISL debut....

Kerala Blasters’ coach Rene Meulensteen was understandably delighted after his side picked up their first three points of the season with a 1-0 victory against NorthEast United.

The visitors’ goalkeeper TP Rehenesh was sent-off in the first-half in a bid to foil a quick counter-attack by the home side. The red-card decision seemed contentious and the Dutchman said that such things are part and parcel of football.

“I haven't seen it (the red-card incident) back. From where I stood, it was a good break away from us. The keeper was quite erratic. Does it change the game? It is part of the game,” Meulensteen said at the post-match press conference.

Despite the man advantage, the Blasters struggled to put the game to bed in the second half and had to endure some tense moments in the dying moments as they held on their one-goal lead.

“I had three heart attacks in the last 10 minutes. You need that second goal. I think we are just unlucky at times. More than anything, I am pleased about the clean-sheet. To concede five last week (against FC Goa) was a slap in the face,” the former Manchester United coach said with relief.

The Kerala Blasters tactician gave Wes Brown his first taste of action in the Indian Super League (ISL) as the former Manchester United defender returned to full fitness.

Meulensteen was delighted with the Englishman’s performance in midfield where he played a pivotal role for the home side.

“I didn't expect Wes to see out the 90 minutes. He did extremely well. I am delighted for him,” the coach said.