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Thangboi Singto: Players gave their all

Published at :December 03, 2023 at 12:44 AM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:11 AM
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Thangboi Singto’s Hyderabad FC fought well but lost focus towards the end to suffer another defeat.

Hyderabad FC lost their recent Indian Super League fixture against Mohun Bagan by a 0-2 scoreline at the Kalinga Stadium on Saturday. Two late goals, courtesy of Brendan Hamill and former player Asish Rai handed the Nizams their fifth defeat of the season.

In the post-match press conference, Hyderabad FC head coach Thangboi Singto talked about his team losing focus towards the end of the game. He also lamented the side’s inability to score goals despite playing good attacking football.

Here are the excerpts from the head coach’s conversation with the media after the defeat to the Mariners:

Players were tired

Thangboi Singto credited the tiredness of the players for conceding two late goals late in the match. He said, “We had one shot on target, which sums up our performance. Irrespective of missing some of the strikers, those who played today did well out of position. We were the better team in the first half but they had the better chances in terms of taking shots on target. Players were a bit tired and lost focus in the second half. Ee could have done better with the first goal we conceded; a centre-back overlapping and scoring never happens.”

Players gave their all

The tactician praised the boys for delivering a good performance despite losing focus towards the end. “Our players are fit enough but when you defend for 80 minutes, in the last 10 minutes your mind says go but your body is not there. I think the players gave their all. Other than not being able to score, we were quite strong in all the areas of the game,” he said in the context.

Doing well

Hyderabad FC stay at the bottom of the league table after this defeat and remain in search of their first win of the season. Talking about playing a ‘home fixture’ at the Kalinga Stadium, Thangboi Singto said, “When you are home, that is your domain and that is where you feel confident with the support of the fans. Football-wise, we have done well in terms of playing good attacking football but not converting our chances is an area we need to work on.”

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