I-League 2017/18: Arrows aim to bounce back at Gokulam’s expense

NEW DELHI: Indian Arrows will be hoping to collect maximum points when they host Gokulam Kerala FC in an I-League 2017/18 encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Friday.

Since hammering Chennai City FC 3-0 at Goa last month, Arrows have gone on to register two successive defeats which were both against league leaders Minerva Punjab FC.

Arrows’ most recent defeat against Minerva was a lesson at both ends of the field as they failed to turn their dominance of general play into goals, and they also fell short in keeping it tight at the back, making silly error to concede the goal.

What should be worrying, though, Arrows Coach Luis Norton de Matos, is the fact that they have failed to score in their last two games and the gaffer has lamented the inconsistency and lack of sharpness at the final half of their play. The Portuguese tactician, however, is happy with the quality of his players.

While Coach Matos is looking to bounce back to the winning ways, he is expecting a tough match for his side. “It is going to be a tough match and we have to get ourselves in the right frame of mind to play well,”  Matos said.

As for Gokulam, they have had a awful start to their maiden I-League campaign, with an opening round defeat to Shillong Lajong and a 3-0 loss at the hands of Neroca FC sandwiching a 1-1 draw with Chennai City FC.

Hence, the Bino George-coached side will be keen to turn their season around with a win on the road against Arrows, who are on 8th spot in the standings.

Although it looks a huge task to ask especially the way Gokulam performed in their last outing against Neroca, but the Malabar outfit certainly has the potential to do so, but they need to get the basics right, especially in defense.

Expressing confidence over the team, Coach George has said: “The players have put the disappointment of losing against Neroca behind and they 100% focused on the upcoming match against Arrows.”

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