David James, the marquee player cum manager for the Kerala Blasters, was ecstatic that his team managed to turn things around after conceding early in the game, to register their first win away, as well as in the tournament, against a resolute FC Pune City side.
The Blasters trailed early to a beautifully taken David Trezeguet goal, though they later hit back through scrappy Chindorai Sabeeth equalizer and a Penn Orji drive, laid on by the ever diligent Iain Hume.
Questioned by former Indian captain and legend Bhaichung Bhutia, on the manner of victory where they conceded yet again, though they managed a stirring comeback, unlike previous encounters, James opined, “The match against Atletico de Kolkata was a massive positive result because we hadn’t played as well as we had in the previous games against NorthEast United and Chennai. But we were more controlled.
“So when you’re able to have more control over the game, especially against the league leaders, it is going to give you confidence. Today we conceded but we’re so used to conceding that I think ‘it’s all right, here we go again’,” jocularly added, the 44 year-old, to Star Sports.
Asked if he was enjoying the Indian Super League (ISL) experience, James said, “I’m loving every minute of it. The playing side of it is just wonderful. It’s a wonderful competition and the travelling side is a little difficult at times, but I think we have eight teams who are fully immersed in wanting to win this tournament. We’re one of them.”
He signed off by elucidating, “We took a couple of games to win our first three points. So, happy days!”