KOLKATA: Coach Khalid Jamil was visibly disappointed after East Bengal’s two-all draw against Aizawl FC on Tuesday in their I-League 2017/18 opener at Kolkata. “Surrendering a two-goal lead is not good at all,” admitted Jamil.
Match Report: Aizawl hold East Bengal with a last-gasp goal
East Bengal were comfortably leading 2-0 thanks to a goal each from Eduardo Ferreira (66’) and Katsumi Yusa (72’), before allowing Aizawl to come back into the match as William Lalnunfela’s brace (74’ and 90+4’) meant the Red and Golds mustered only a point from the match which they should have won rather convincingly.
“I was happy that we created so many chances,” continued Jamil. “However, that doesn’t count if you don’t win the match. But this is football. Now we have to focus on our next game and that is against Mohun Bagan.”
“The first fifteen minutes were not good,” he added. “We didn’t put enough pressure on the opponent. And that was disappointing, because the start of a match is always crucial. That’s when you want to get on the front foot.”
“We changed some things at the break. We worked hard and showed character during the second phase, although we did elaborate a bit too much on the ball. I would have loved to have won this game, but I still find enough positive aspects to be happy with, despite losing two points.”
“Now our next game is the Kolkata Derby,” Jamil notes, looking ahead to next Sunday’s match. “We need to make sure that we get our balance back and we will work on that during training. It will be the right moment as well for our striker to step up and score some goals for us. We are looking forward to the Derby.”