Delhi Dynamos went down 2-3 against a spirited Jamshedpur FC side on Sunday evening at the JRD Tata Sports Complex. Captain Kalu Uche scored a brace in quick succession to hand the visitors a convincing two-goal lead. But the Men of Steel proved to be too hot to handle as they came back from behind to bag full points.
Dynamos manager Miguel Angel Portugal suggested that he was impressed in the manner in which his team even though the result wasn't in his side's favour.
“In football, this happens. Delhi Dynamos played nice football. We had good combination, kept ball possession and played a really fast game. My players are playing well with ball. This can happen and I think it is normal,” said the Spanish coach.
Promising youngster Nandhakumar Sekar had yet another impressive outing. The two goals they scored were from his pinpoint crosses from the left flank. Unfortunately, the winger had to leave the field on a stretcher in the 80th minute due to an injury.
On Nandhakumar’s performance, Portugal opined, “Vinit (Rai) and Nandhakumar (Sekar) had problems. They are very young players. Both of them are playing so many matches and so their physical condition is getting bad. This is their first season in the ISL. I hope they recover for the next match that is against Kerala.”
The former Racing Santander coach heaped praise on their opponents Jamshedpur FC and also complimented the home fans.
“The Jamshedpur crowd is very good. The ground is also good. Jamshedpur FC are very strong at home. Congratulations to them!. The width of his ground is 64 metres while generally a football ground is 68 metres wide. But that's not a problem.”
Portugal agreed that his team’s defence is weak when compared to that of Jamshedpur FC. The Lions have leaked in as many as 27 goals this season from 11 matches.
"This is football. They have the best defence which I know. We had more opportunities but I am happy. When you have a two-goal lead and concede three, it is not good. We need three-to-four goals to win as our defence is not that strong.”