SCEB will have to look forward to their game against FC Goa to search for their maiden win.
The stars were not in SC East Bengal’s favour. Despite putting their bodies on the line, Jamshedpur FC did enough to eke out a goal to crush their rearguard. Interim Head coach Renedy Singh spoke to the media and reflected on another unlucky result.
On conceding in the 88th minute
It was Ishan Pandita’s late header that saw SCEB suffer their fifth defeat of the season. “It is really sad to concede a goal at the 88th minute. Then again, I am happy with the boys and their work-ethic. I’m sure if they continue doing so we will reach a better position,” the coach assured.
Draw would have been fair result
For most part of the game, it seemed that another impressive draw was written for Renedy Singh’s men, but late drama meant otherwise. “Yes, a draw would have been fair. If you see the last two matches, we had very tough games.
“There were some great players in the Jamshedpur team, but the Indian boys kept their shape throughout and I’m really with them,” reiterated the interim coach.
Fielding an all-Indian starting XI
Owing to injuries and suspensions, Singh had to put faith in an all-Indian starting XI, a rare sight to see in the ISL. “I’m sure everyone has seen the game and how well they performed. It’s sad that Adil (Khan) had to come off due to an injury.
“We knew that we were playing against stronger foreigners, but we Indians just need to believe in ourselves. Yes, we conceded a late goal, but this is how we have to fight,” the 42-year-old commented.
Summing up last three games
Ever since the former Indian captain came at the helm, SC East Bengal have looked a different side. The media quizzed the coach about his experience with the team in the last few games. “What I’ve learnt from the last three games is that we have to fight as one to get the result. If we do that, then anything is possible,” Singh signed off.