The Reds boss wants to make the most of home advantage against Mumbai FC…

After a phenomenal first home game in which their first points of the Hero I-League 2016-17 season were earned, Shillong Lajong FC will take on Mumbai FC on 28th January at the JN Stadium at 4:30pm.

Buoyed on by the Lajong Faithfuls, the Men in Red took down Minerva Punjab FC 2-1 last week and hope to receive even more support in the club’s fortress as they look to carry their winning momentum forward.

Lajong’s attacking form of play paid off last Saturday when they went ahead thanks to goals from Rupert Nongrum and Aser Dipanda Dicka. The former’s 17th minute strike was, incidentally, his first in the I-League.

However, a goal was conceded to Minerva Punjab late in the match and coach Thangboi Singto was not altogether happy with that.

“Our first half was very good, but we lost our way a little in the second half and that is somewhat worrying because we have to play well from start to finish against good teams,” the gaffer said at a pre-match press conference today.

The Reds were unable to get the better of Mumbai FC last season, having played out a goalless draw in Shillong and losing 2-1 away, so Singto knows that the visitors, led by the experienced coach Santosh Kashyap, are going to put up a good showing.

“Tomorrow will be very tough. The good thing is that we will be playing at home,” Singto stated, but he added that Romanian defender Dan Ignat and midfielder Zodingliana are still unfit to play.

Asked about the potential line-up for Saturday’s game, he opined, “No coach wants to change a winning combination, but we will have to consider the players and put the best possible line-up that day.”