Westwood: Can’t win the league with just two away victories

The English coach reiterated the fact that Bengaluru FC are the best side in the country and Bagan didn’t have enough competition in the league…

Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood was disappointed that his side didn’t get a penalty in the 75th minute when Robin Singh was brought down inside the box by Shilton Paul.

However, referee Santhosh Kumar ignored Bengaluru’s calls for a spot-kick to be awarded and Westwood felt aggrieved that such a crucial decision didn’t go in their favour.

“The game was going to plan - we pressed well, we fought well, we controlled the game and although we didn’t play fantastic football but we stuck to the plan. It was almost job accomplished but losing with four minutes to go is a tough thing. Some decisions didn’t go our way, you can’t step away from that. I hope officials make the calls for the right reasons. If anybody disagrees that was not a penalty then I don’t know, anywhere in the world it was a penalty. It was a harsh decision,” said the 38-year-old.

Westwood once again pointed that Mohun Bagan hadn’t done enough to win the I-League as they could only muster two wins in their ten away matches. He also mentioned that Bengaluru FC still are the most consistent and best team in the country.

“You need to understand what was at stake. We were winning 1-0. We managed to weather their storm well, they put an extra body but we dealt with that. It was a cruel game. Overall if you look we did enough to win the league. Five away wins to their two. We have been outdone by some bad calls from the officials throughout the season.

“We were the most consistent side and still think we were the best side. Full credit to Bagan but I feel they did not have enough competition because they won only two away games and anywhere else in the world you can’t win the league having won only two away games. But on paper they are the champions,” he opined.

He also stressed that despite them finishing as the runner-up, Bengaluru FC are unbeaten in their last 13 I-League matches.

“The positive was that we went 13 league games without losing. We were so close to winning the league, reached the knockout stage of the AFC Cup and won the Federation Cup. We showed great depth and strength,” he said.