Odisha FC have now registered nine losses in this campaign with five more games to go.
Odisha FC suffered yet another humiliating defeat at the hands of ATK Mohun Bagan after Manvir Singh and Roy Krishna scored a brace each to take the Mariners three points closer to the first place in the Indian Super League table. Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan are challenging for the top position with five more games to play this season and it will be an interesting finish for the neutrals. As for Gerald Peyton and Co., they are unlikely to pose any threat to the top four and would be hoping to not finish the league at the bottom of the table.
The Juggernauts’ tactician addressed the media after the game and expressed his thoughts. “Penalty was the turning point of the game. I felt we were in it. I made a change down the left hand side to go forward to keep the ball and play the ball. Also, I feel our No. 8 Paul (Ramfangzauva), who played in I-League last season, is going to be a special player for India.”
Giving away too many penalties
Odisha FC have given away most penalties this season and when asked about the reasons behind it, Gerald Peyton quoted, “Well, to be honest, I don’t want to mention the penalties. I think we are the only one in the (Indian) Super League to not receive a penalty this season. Everybody has got the penalties and I don’t want to go there.”
Lost in intensity
The former Arsenal goalkeeping coach was questioned if the team lacked intensity as the game progressed and he answered by saying, “I don’t think we gave up, but we lacked intensity as the game progressed with tempo, with decision-making before the penalty,” he admitted.
Odisha FC have had their phases this season, however, they severely lack the cutting edge to win games. Speaking on the matter, Gerald Peyton commented, “You look at the quality of ATKMB on the pitch and I’ll admit that tonight, as the game went on they had more quality than us.”
On Paul Ramfangzauva
Odisha FC’s young midfielder has drawn praise from his coach and he believes that the 21-year-old will be a very good player for India in the future. “He’s a very special player for me. He’s got a good vision on the ball. He looks to turn the game. He looks to go at people and attack. His first shot that hit the post was a really good one,” he signed off.