Derrick Pereira happy after a comfortable win over DSK Shivajians
Written by: Ravish R Narvekar
Opposing manager Dave Rodgers was unhappy with his side’s performance...
A goal each from Anthony Wolfe, Ansumana Kromah and Surabuddin Mollick helped Churchill Brothers to register a comfortable 3-0 win over DSK Shivajians in the I-League match played at Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Sunday.
Derrick Pereira was a happy man after the Red Machines looked rejuvenated following the 4-5 defeat against Minerva Punjab in the last match.
“It was a much-needed win. The boys responded well and showed that they were well organised in defence. We created some good chances in the first half but the second half was better where we scored excellent goals. I am very happy and pleased with the players' response and we will try to do better,” Pereira said.
However, he feels that the mission is not complete yet and he will continue to do his best in the upcoming matches.
“A win is always a win. The next match is against Mohun Bagan, and it will be the same if we win against them as well. Whereever I go, I give my 100 percent. I do my job and in return, I get what I have to get,” the 54-year-old said.
The Goan tactician gave a first start of the season to keeper Naveen Kumar as he benched Alfred Fernandes' first choice custodian Priyant Singh.
“I felt Priyant (Singh) was a little low on confidence after the last match. I know Naveen (Kumar) from Salgaocar as he has played for them in the local league and I thought he would be better as he comes out for crosses which was much needed today as they (DSK) play long and I expected tall strikers today. Naveen is good in the air and he performed to my expectation as he gave a lot of confidence to the defence,” he concluded.
On the other hand, Dave Rodgers was disappointed with the performance of his boys and said, “I knew Derrick would be fired up. For our boys, that is probably the worst performance till now. No excuses, no excuses whatsoever we were well beaten in the second half.
However, he did not forget to praise their academy product Pranjal Bhumij who made his debut yesterday. The midfielder was lively after coming in for Naro Hari Shrestha at the hour mark.
“The only great spot for me was our 17-year-old academy player, Pranjal Bhumij who was looking fearless and was about to score on his debut. The second half performance was not acceptable,” Rodgers said
He further added, “Credit to Churchill, they deserved to win today. They took chances and scored goals, we were unable to do so,”
Rodgers later concluded pointing out an injury list of the club “I have five injuries - regular first team players including Kim Song-Yong and two regular India internationals. But it's not all gloomy when we finish with six U-22 players on the pitch. For me, that's the bright spot. While I also want to point out that we have travelled the length of India in the last couple of weeks.”