Speaking on their performance, the home side’s head coach Teddy Sheringham stated that his players wanted to take an early lead.
"We thought we could capitalise on their tiredness. We tried to get the lead early. FC Goa have had a tough couple of days and it hasn't been easy for us too. We've had a rough day too. It was a tiring day and was seen in the performances of both teams,’’ commented the former Manchester United player.
The match was delayed by nearly three hours due to the hurdles faced by FC Goa in their sojourn to the City of Joy. Discussing the matter, Sheringham expressed his disappointment over the change in kick-off times on multiple occasions.
"We talked about it (the delay) and kept focus. We were told different kick-off times. It's been a frustrating day and I think it showed. It was a hard day at the office. Overall, I am kind of pleased with a point. They (FC Goa) are a good footballing team and we matched up against them as much as we could. I thought either team could have won it,’’ he expressed.
"It is the first time I've finished a game a 1 am in the morning which is very unusual," remarked Sheringham. "We were expecting a big crowd here tonight. But we were delighted with the number of fans who stuck with us despite the kick-off being delayed by almost three hours. We are thankful to them."
"Robin Singh should be back very soon. He had a bad knee and then was tackled in the ankle in our game against Mumbai City. Anwar Ali felt his hamstring early in the game and we need to assess him before putting a timeframe on his return," revealed the coach about the injury troubles plaguing his side.
The 51-year-old gaffer was pleased with former Newcastle United player Ryan Taylor’s performance at the Salt Lake Stadium. He started in the middle of the park but was later asked to move into the right-back's position.
"Ryan Taylor has great quality and can play in different positions,’’ he mentioned.
ATK travel next to Bengaluru FC on Sunday in what promises to be an enthralling affair at the Kanteerava Stadium.