FC Pune City suffered yet another defeat in Indian Super League (ISL) season five as they went down 1-2 against Bengaluru FC on Friday.
Udanta Singh gave Bengaluru the lead which was cancelled out by Rahul Bheke’s own goal. The right-back then scored a late goal to seal full points for the league leaders.
Pune started the match on a positive note but slowly lost their momentum as the match progressed.
On asked if they were playing for a draw in the second half, coach Pradhyum Reddy opined, “We weren’t exactly playing for a draw in the second half. I think in the first half we played pretty well. We deserved to score a goal and we also deserved to concede a goal. The 1-1 result at half time was probably a fair reflection of the game.
"We came out in the second half with a mindset to try and control the tempo of the game, to keep it as close as possible towards the latter stages of the game. Because if we tried to go all out we would have created too much space and they are very good at exploiting them. We didn’t play for a draw, we played for a late winner.”
Reddy replaced left-back Sahil Panwar with Lachhuanmawia Fanai in the starting XI tonight but was forced to substitute him after just 34 minutes.
Explaining his decision to field Fanai, Reddy said, “The idea to start Lalchhuanmawia Fanai was to counter the pace of Udanta (Singh). Because the last time we played against BFC, Sahil (Panwar) had a tough time against Udanta.
"Chhuantea (Lalchhuanmawia) was coming back from an injury so he may have been a little rusty causing us the problems. In the first 30 minutes, they had a couple of chances which they could have scored. They could have been possibly 2-0 or 3-0 up. I gambled until the halftime before making the substitution.”
On asked why Pune failed to create chances today, the coach suggested, “We didn’t create many chances today because the opposition defended well. They have only conceded five goals, today was their sixth goal. They were a tough team to break down, we have to accept that. We had to retain possession but we lost the ball after five to six passes compared to BFC who did that very well.”