The tactician spoke following the win against SC East Bengal on Tuesday.
NorthEast United climbed back into the top four after their 2-1 win against SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Tuesday. Head coach Khalid Jamil spoke to the media after their win and was obviously delighted with the three points.
The Highlanders’ head coach stated that it was a very tough game. “It was not an easy game, it was a very difficult game. Because at this situation, opposite teams, they will always be playing hard with us. So, we were not taking this match lightly at all.”
Focusing on own game
One of NorthEast United’s rivals for the top four are Hyderabad FC, who managed to get a positive result against ATK Mohun Bagan the previous night. On being asked if that worked as a motivation, the 43-year-old said, “We are thinking about our points and thinking about the next game. After two days we are playing again, so that is the most important thing for us.”
Three points over clean-sheets
The former East Bengal manager stated that he wasn’t disappointed despite his boys failing to keep a clean-sheet against ten men. “We are not disappointed at all. Players, they are working very hard. Subhasish (Roy Chowdhury), foreign players, Benjamin (Lambot), (Dylan) Fox, Khassa (Camara), (Deshorn) Brown, even (Luis) Machado. They are working very hard. Even the Indian stars, (Provat) Lakra, Nim (Dorjee Tamang), everybody is working very hard. We are very happy to get three points, that is our main motto.”
Not there yet
Mathematically, one point from their last game would guarantee a place in the top four for the Highlanders. However, the former Aizawl FC manager emphasized that the job is not done yet. “We still have one last hurdle. That is the most important game. We must work hard to get a positive result.”
NorthEast United will take on Kerala Blasters in their last game of the league phase on Friday.