JCT had a brilliant start to their season with a 5-1 victory over Shillong Lajong and thereby sending a strong message to those who believe that they are a weakened side.
Sukhwinder Singh’s decision to play Baljit Sahni as a
striker paid dividends as the JCT number six responded with a hat-trick. This
was after the Punjab side struggled for goals managing a mere 19, which was better
only than the relegated sides - Mohammedan Sporting and Vasco SC.
“A good player can play anywhere is what I believe. He has
been scoring goals in the practice sessions as well,” said Sukhwinder.
The coach further praised the nature of the goals and reiterated
that they came from a good build-up.
“All the goals scored were beautiful. Our team has combined
very well. Last year, we started well against Dempo winning in Goa but the goals
dried up for us eventually,” said the former Indian national team coach.
The experienced coach also gave his thoughts on Shillong
Lajong who were humbled in Ludhiana and would have to ponder what their next
strategy would be.
“Yes, there were certain areas where they didn’t play well
but I would say we played well in most departments. When a team is down by two
goals within the first 25 minutes to the local team, then it becomes difficult,”
JCT next faces Mohun Bagan in Kolkata on the 8th
of this month.