Khalid Jamil: Bagan’s plan to have a wet field worked against them

The coach of the Mumbai side was satisfied with a point earned away from home against the Green and Maroon outfit…

Mumbai FC took a point away from their fixture against Mohun Bagan as the game ended 1-1 despite the visiting side having taken the lead through Mohammed Rafi in the first half.

Coach Khalid Jamil was disappointed that his team conceded late with Sathyan Sabeeth scoring the equaliser but was pleased with the display otherwise.

"Yes, I am satisfied with a point. But it would have been better not to concede that goal. We went ahead early and thought that it would be better to bank on counter attacks. Still we conceded which wasn’t good."

"The team has settled down well. With so many quality players we have to rise up in the points table. It's great to come out of the lower end of the table in the last few matches,” said Jamil.

He mentioned that since their last two matches were broadcasted, the opposition had a fair idea on how they play with the new additions to their squad.

"Our last two matches were telecast live and they had an idea about us. In the last few matches we were a fresh side and teams didn't know much about us."

Karim Bencherifa had wanted a wet field however the ploy didn’t work as the pitch was far more watery than he suggested which saw several players slipping during the course of the game.  He also mentioned that Bagan’s new recruit didn’t contribute much in the tie.

"May be Mohun Bagan had planned to make the field wet but it went against them and we had the advantage. A number of players slipped in the way." 

"Ram Malik and Manish Bhargav were very effective and played some good football. Christopher (Chizoba) Woh to dikhai nehi diya ( wasn’t seen in the game at all)."

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