The Portuguese manager said his team gifted Mumbai the win…

After three straight home defeats NorthEast United manager Nelo Vingafa met the press following the game against Mumbai City.

“We lost the games against Chennai and Kolkata, but we played well. Today I think it’s a complete different situation. We can win, we lose, we can draw, in football three results are possible. But, this lose is unacceptable for us. I take full responsibility for the loss. Prior to this game, I can say yes, this is my team, but today I can’t say this. This is not my team. We played very well in the first 4-5 games, which made a good impression, but these three losses destroyed everything. We can’t lose the way we lose today. This loss is more than the three points we lose. We received 3-4 yellow cards for nothing. Of course like we played today, we don’t deserve to qualify. I regret not for the goal, I regret the way we conceded the goal. Again, I say this loss is more than the loss of three points because sometimes, the opponent is better and we say congratulations, but today we can’t say that. We gifted them the win,” the coach responded on the result.

On being asked to give his upset fans a message he said, “Look that I told you, the fans deserve more than what we gave today, I cannot say my players were not trying. No, they try, some players were crying in the dressing room, special3ly Wellington. But, you know these things happen to some great goalkeepers also. The fans must be sad, but we are sad also. Sorry to the fans. We have to do a lot better. I told my players after the last match we lost, that although we lost we can face our supporters with confidence, but today I can’t say this. If I can, I would be in a closed room. The fans deserve more than we gave today.”

For the next game the Highlanders will be without Emiliano Alfaro due to an automatic suspension after receiving two yellow cards. On that the coach said, “I think, we get some yellow cards for nothing, but I am not blaming the refereeing.”

“We lost the game for our fault. The players are supposed to be in the field for play, not for confrontation. For the next game we would have Nicolas Velez who is recovering, Seityasen Singh is also doing fine. But for now, I am not thinking about the next game,” he concluded.

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Report by Himangshu Rajkhowa- Khel Now Correspondent from Guwahati.