I-League 2017: Mumbai FC's Santosh Kashyap- The condition of the pitch was not good

Mumbai FC gaffer Santosh Kashyap shares reasons for Mumbai's loss against hosts Minerva Punjab.

The Mumbaikars registered their fifth straight loss on Saturday evening after falling prey to the newbie Chandigarh-based outfit. Strikes from Minerva youngsters Baoringdao Bodo (57') and Anirudh Thapa (67') meant that The Warriors clinched their first victory of the tournament.

Mumbai FC missed the services of Thoi Singh as the Manipuri is getting hitched soon. The midfielder's absence was a major blow to The Yellows who failed to turn over their bad run of results.

It was clear that Surinder Singh's side got the better of the Maharashtra outfit at the land of Ludhianvis. Speaking about the match, coach Santosh Kashyap stated that his team prefers keeping the ball on the ground, as much as possible, hereby avoiding aerial balls in most situations. Further, he mentioned about the below-par quality of the ground and how it troubled the visiting side. To add to it, the 50-year-old also claimed that the airy conditions affected the Essel Group-owned team.

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''We like to play the ball on the ground. We prefer ground passes. The condition of the pitch wasn’t good and the windy weather made it tougher for us (to play),'' he expressed.

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Mumbai opened their goal account in the 79th minute as Karan Sawhney scored the consolation goal in the 77th minute. Steven Dias delivered a brilliant cross to the striker and the 24-year-old made no mistake in heading the ball into the net. However, the goal wasn't enough to level the game for Kashyap and co. Speaking about Sawhney's strike, the ex-Royal Wahingdoh manager commented, ''We scored a goal but it came pretty late. Eventually, we couldn’t pull off a come-back.''

The 2-1 defeat at the Guru Nanak Stadium keeps Mumbai on the sixth spot on the points table with six points from seven games. The team will fly to the southern part of India as they take on new entrants Chennai City on 11th February.