The interim coach admitted how injuries marred the Highlanders’ season.

NorthEast United’s winless streak continues, as they lost to Odisha FC 2-1 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The Highlanders had taken a lead through Martin Chaves. However, the hosts’ in-form striker Manuel Onwu pulled one back, while Martin Perez Guedes scored the winner. After the match, which saw the hosts come from behind to secure the three points, NorthEast United interim head coach Khalid Jamil spoke to the media in the press conference.

The former I-League winning coach explained what went wrong for his team in the game.

“First half, we started good and scored the early goal. Second half, we didn’t start good. We conceded an early goal in the second half and then pressure came on. They scored from a corner and our marking was not good.”

Khalid Jamil stated that injuries have been the main problem for NorthEast United this season.

“We had some injuries in the middle of the season. There were injuries to main players, the foreigner players. We had to bring new foreign players and they tried their best. Everybody has worked hard.”

The Highlanders’ interim boss looks forward to the rest of the season with just a couple of games left.

“We have the remaining two home matches and we will try to give our best especially in the next one. We’ve had injuries and there will be some new players coming back.”

Khalid Jamil also stated that he liked the atmosphere at the stadium against Odisha saying, “It was good, good atmosphere. Fans were good, everybody was good.”