I-League 2017: Luis Norton de Matos- Unhappy with the result, happy with the fight

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The Portuguese coach was all praise for Minerva and goal scorer Chencho...

Luis Norton de Matos' boys had another disappointing day on the pitch as they went down fighting 1-0 to Minerva Punjab FC, at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. 

Chencho Gyeltshen's solitary strike in the 80th minute was the difference between the two sides and it consolidated Minerva's position on top of the I-League table. 

After the match, the ex-Benfica B coach showered praise on his opponents, especially on Bhutanese striker Chencho. 

"The strong points of Minerva are throw-ins, free-kicks and corners, as they are a tall team and they play well in these situations. Also, Chencho is a beautiful player. He is their main player, he gets the ball and keeps the ball. He had the technical ability to score the goal. I like to watch him".

In spite of a disappointing result, Matos was quick to point out the positives from the game and insisted that the scoreline was not an 'injustice'.

" I'm unhappy with the result but I am happy with the fight. When we analyze the game we can see that Minerva were stronger in the first half and we were lucky on two, three occasions but the positive thing was that our team was very organized. We did not concede a goal in the first-half, and we were better in the second half.  It is a little bit hard for us but not an injustice that Minerva won the game," reasoned Matos.

Khogen Singh, the head coach of Minerva Punjab, was gleeful after his team managed to continue their unbeaten run at home.

"We are happy. Boys are playing with their heart and soul. We were eager to score. In the second half, we took our chance and got the result."

He sounded equally confident when questioned about his team's upcoming away fixtures.

"I am trusting the boys that they will give their best. If they give their hundred percent and follow the plan we have followed till now then we should perform well," said Singh.

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Kassim Aidara, the attacking midfielder of Minerva Punjab, seemed more cautious than his coach about the forthcoming fixtures.

"The league is very tough. There is still a long way to go. We have teams like Shillong Lajong and Mohun Bagan which are very strong. We will try to get as many points as possible on the road," said the German-born Senegalese midfielder.

Minerva Punjab will travel to Mizoram to take on Aizawl FC, whereas the Indian Arrows side will face Gokulam Kerala FC in Delhi on December 22.  

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