The Blues’ interim head coach spoke on the back of his side’s draw against NorthEast United on Tuesday.

Bengaluru FC interim coach Naushad Moosa once again chose to highlight his team’s positive play after seeing them finally end a losing streak of four games with a 1-1 draw with NorthEast United FC. Luis Machado’s opener was one that saw a scuffed shot falling kindly to his feet for him to finish while Rahul Bheke’s effort was spilled into the net by young goalkeeper Gurmeet Singh. Both sides needed a win to keep their Indian Super League playoffs hopes alive. 

WATCH: Naushad Moosa speaks at the post-match press conference

A point earned

“This one point should help us. We must consider all the positives that this point gave us. It was not easy after giving away an easy goal. We created a lot of chances. It is important to keep my players motivated so that they do not feel low. Now we have an 8-day break. We’ll work on the mistakes that were made in the matches so far. We’re a lot more compact today and will analyse the game and prepare ourselves for the Kerala game,” commented Naushad Moosa.

The goal that his team conceded was a case of bad luck as Luis Machado benefitted from a scuffed Federico Gallego shot which took a wicked bounce hoodwinking the Bengaluru defence and falling in the Portuguese’s feet who slid it under an onrushing Gurpreet. 

Conceded an unlucky goal

“There is no individual who likes to lose. It was a mistake, there was uneven bounce which he could not control. It was a silly goal to concede. The way we conceded the goal was unexpected and it was not intended. I am happy with the way the team was playing. They were putting in a lot of effort. They were creating chances and moving the ball around. We had a good game,” observed the former Mahindra United man. 

Creation of chances

The Blues looked a more energised unit in the second half which Naushad Moosa revealed was down to the half-time talk. He had asked his team to attack more from the wings and ensure better ball retention.

A star-studded attack of Sunil Chhetri, Kristian Opseth and Cleiton Silva is struggling for fluency together and individual brilliance has been one of the cards that Bengaluru have played so far, something Moosa denied. 

“I think the attack is creating a lot of chances. They are doing well and giving it their 100%. The effort was from the entire team. I saw the whole team trying to win the ball back and everyone was motivated to get the result,” signed off the Bengaluru coach. 

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