I-League 2017: Shillong Lajong to go all out against Indian Arrows

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Bobby Nongbet is disappointed with the loss to NEROCA but is determined to take three points from the next fixture...

After the defeat in the north-eastern derby, Bobby Nongbet's boys will go all out against Indian Arrows on Tuesday at the Dr Ambedkar stadium in New Delhi.

The former Lajong youth development coach believes that NEROCA should not have won and a draw would have been the apt result of their fixture last week.

"We were disappointed after the loss against Neroca. We could have pulled out a draw. After playing badly in the first half, we came back strongly again in the second half. But we were unlucky and NEROCA stole three points from us," lamented the coach.

"We could have scored with the first chance, but unfortunately it hit the post. We started well but one defensive mistake and we lost the match," he added.

Nongbet is not ready to take Indian Arrows lightly but at the same time, he is confident that his team can pull off a win against the young all-Indian side.

"Indian Arrows is a good team. We cannot underestimate them but we are also confident that we can come back after the unlucky loss to NEROCA. We will go all out in tomorrow's game," said the former youth coach of Royal Wahingdoh.


Head coach Luis Norton de Matos was absent during Arrows' training session and subsequently in the pre-match press conference. Floyd Pinto, the second-in-command, was in charge of proceedings and is satisfied with the progress of his team in I-League.

"As far as the project Indian Arrows is concerned, we are very happy with how we have done so far. Most of us expected that we would be overawed with the teams of I-League, but it has not happened so far. We have held our own. Yes, we have been making some silly errors which we [should] cancel out and hope for some results," said Pinto.

He emphasized that the Gokulam match is in the past and they have done their homework on Lajong.

"We have watched Lajong as how they are playing so far. We know that they are coming back from a defeat at home, so they will come [at us] all guns blazing so we are ready for that," said the former Kenkre FC coach.

Pinto was confident that his side can deal with Lajong's set-pieces as they have put in extra effort in training. The team had conceded two goals against Gokulam from set-pieces.

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He praised the mental toughness of the young squad and said,"These boys are the toughest when it comes to mental preparation. Results do not affect them. But, yes when they perform badly they know that they must pull their socks up for the next match."

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"They are not under pressure that they are playing the big teams. Rather, these boys are excited to play tomorrow, as this match is between the two youngest sides of I-League," added the assistant coach of Indian Arrows.

He will be happy with a mid-table finish and emphasized that the progress of the boys against tough teams and conditions are what concerns them.

"I think we will be looking to finish 4th, 5th or 6th. At this point in time, we will try and pick up as many points as we can. I think if we can continue our progress in the upcoming tough matches, it will be a great achievement for us," signed off Pinto.