Surinder Singh praised his team for not giving up…

Churchill Brothers Sports Club went down fighting as Minerva Punjab Football Club came out victorious in the nine-goal thriller in the I-League match played at Tilak Maidan, Vasco earlier on Sunday.

Minerva coach Surinder Singh was happy man after his side collected full points against the Red Machines. The 43-year-old coach praised the performance of the boys.  

“Both the team needed points and both the team were going out (for the full points) and were playing attacking football. I guess the crowd must have enjoyed nine goals today. I am happy with the performance of my team as they never gave up and they played bravely,” Singh said in the post-match press interaction.

However he also said that they were lacking at set-pieces and need to work on the same.

“We conceded goals in the set-pieces, so we need to work on that department.” the former Pailan Arrows assistant explained.

Though the Punjab-based team grabbed all three points in Goa, Surinder’s boys conceded four goals and when asked about the same, the coach said “When you are going all out for goals, there are chances of counter attacks and chances of conceding goals but if you cannot score goals then you cannot win the matches,”

Meanwhile, Churchill’s newly appointed Coach Derrick Pereira was not happy with the defense line and also pointed out that it needed to improve.

“It was a good match for the spectators but it was a bad result for us. I think our defence was shaky. Communication was lacking between the goalkeeper and the centre defender. We need to work on that. Actually lot of work is to be done and especially in the defence,” Pereira said

He further added saying “At least we scored four goals today that was the positive for us but overall we need to lift up our morale and get organised and especially in the defence. If our defence was strong enough today we could have got these three points,”  

After playing 10 matches out of the 18, Churchill stand at the bottom of the table with just 6 points and coach Derrick has joined them at the mid-way of the season. When asked him about what to expect from him, he answered, “We need to reinforce the team. We are planning to get one more foreigner and one or two more Indian players. We have got very good ball players but understanding between them is lacking so I will work on it and once that is done we will start winning matches.”