It was a shabby goal - Dave Rogers
Written by: Sourav Neogi
The Mariners extended their winning run at home...
The Mariners finally broke their infertile patch in the I-League with a 3-1 win over DSK Shivajians on Saturday. While the score line suggests a one-sided game, the performances on the pitch was completely different at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium.
DSK Shivajians clearly looked to be the dominant side in the majority of the first half but Bagan quickly retaliated and matched their rhythm as Sanjoy Sen introduced Prabir Das to the line-up, taking Sehnaj Singh off the field which was later regarded as the match changing decision on Saturday. When asked about the specific substitution Sen revealed, “I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it that way.” “If you ask me that substitution changed the game then I do not know because I went ahead with a 4-3-3 in the last game with Jeje, Duffy and Norde upfront but goals did not come,” he further added.
The Kolkata giants were given a penalty kick in the dying minutes of the game, which, the skipper Yusa Katsumi decided to take himself denying Darryl Duffy who looked to be in an argument with the captain to take the shot. When asked about the incident, the Mohun Bagan Head Coach answered, “This is what you saw and there was a different story on the pitch.”
“Any one of Katsumi, Duffy and Pritam Kotal could have shot it. But it was the captain’s call and Katsumi decided to take it himself. So I would say this was included in our strategy,” the winning coach added.
DSK Shivajians, who were on the bitter side of Saturday’s result put up a fight against the Mariners but could not salvage an optimistic result against them. The away manager Dave Rogers was asked about his team’s performance against Mohun Bagan when he said, “For the first forty minutes we were the better side”.
However, Rogers also revealed that conceding two quick goals in a matter of minutes hurt his team’s chances of winning against Mohun Bagan, “There on there was a lapse in concentration. If things were tied 1-1 at half-time we would have some chance but conceding two quick goals dampened our prospects.”
Mohun Bagan striker Balwant Singh scored two quick goals against Rogers’ Shivajians side in less than four minutes on the clock. When asked about his feelings about those goals, Rogers admitted those goals might have been prevented, “From my point of view, it was a shabby goal. If our defense would have been a bit more careful, it would not have happened,” he concluded.
Published: Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:43 AM IST