Pune City coach Pradhyum Reddi will be looking to end the year on a high with a win against Goa in their next Indian Super League (ISL) match on Tuesday at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.
The hosts picked up well deserved 1-0 win against Kerala Blasters in Kochi a few days ago and it was only their second win in what has been a terrible season.
"The players are more upbeat coming to this game. We want to end the year on a high. You want to build upon the performance in Kochi. Last time we had a win, we stumbled in the next game. Want to make sure that we don't repeat that," Reddy said.
The Stallions used a system that had three defenders and two strikers in their last match and Reddy isn't concerned about using the same formation against the league's top scorers.
"Given the travel that we had, given the size of the field in Kochi, it was the right way to approach the game in the beginning and more than just how we defended, we created a lot of chances. Ashique created a lot of chances and if Marcelinho had taken his chance, we could have put the game to bed early on.
"The humility and fatigue had an effect on the way we played. It was backs to the wall defending and the three at the back became five. We kept a clean sheet so it definitely worked."
Reddy will have a selection headache as Ashique Kuruniyan had to be taken off due to an injury in the second half against Kerala Blasters and Sahil Panwar picked up his fourth yellow and is suspended. Diego Carlos and Lalchhuanmawia Fanai are also on the injury list.
Despite the injuries, Pune City will not be adopting a defensive approach against the lethal Gaurs attack.
"There are a lot of teams playing very well. Goa were top scorers last season and the way they are set up to play, they score a lot of goals. They are an attacking team, we've to deal with their threat and at the same time, we have to pose a threat. Sometimes putting the other team on their backfoot is the best way to defend."