10 Nov 2018, 16:38 IST
Kozhikode, Nov 10 (PTI) Gokulam Kerala might be eyeing their elusive win within the I-League marketing campaign, after they tackle Meghalaya’s Shillong Lajong at residence on Sunday.
Each the edges have performed three matches up to now with Gokulam on two and Shillong on three factors respectively.
Whereas Shillong gained their opening recreation at residence in a formidable show in opposition to Aizawl, they have been humbled by Quess East Bengal and the Indian Arrows thereafter.
What is going to fear coach Alison Kharsyntiew extra, is the best way his facet travelled to sizzling and humid Cuttack to go right down to the Arrows, with related climate anticipated in India’s southernmost state.
Bino George, the Gokulam coach, however, might be extra optimistic given their show within the final recreation in opposition to Chennai.
Though Gokulam went down at residence within the Southern Derby, it was an exhilarating five-goal affair, the place each groups competed on a fair keel and at a excessive tempo.
Gokulam have scored in each recreation they’ve performed up to now and coach Bino has used his ahead line fairly well with the likes of Baoringdao Bodo, VP Suhair and Grenadian Antonio German all discovering themselves on the scoresheet.
Rajesh S has been a revelation, largely approaching instead and catalysing the assault and the gifted Arjun Jayaraj has additionally turned in good performances and likewise has a purpose to his credit score.
Shibinraj in purpose has been strong and so has the defence, nevertheless, coach Bino revealed within the pre-match chat that Ugandan midfielder Mudde Musa, who has been far much less efficient this yr, won’t be out there on Sunday and might be changed by Rasheed, who in line with him “is an skilled participant and has scored targets final season.”
Bino additionally shared,”Shillong is a younger facet and we respect them. We’ll work arduous on our errors and attempt to rectify them. We’ll verify their recreation plan and accordingly work on ours.”
Shillong has gone in with a homegrown all Indian facet of kids this yr led by captain and midfield common Samuel Lalmuanpuia.
Nevertheless, the likes of winger Naorem Mahesh Singh and midfielder Samuel Lyngdoh haven’t been capable of produce the sort of efficiency they did within the opener in opposition to Aizawl and should pull their socks up if Shillong takes something away from Sunday’s recreation.
Sharing his ideas earlier than the sport, coach Alison mentioned,”We’re able to face Gokulam, however we have to work more durable on our weaknesses. In our final two video games in opposition to East Bengal and Arrows, we lacked in ending.
“Our most important motto for tomorrow might be to be extra centered, carry out properly and rating extra targets.”
Alluding to the situations, he mentioned,”The climate will not be a difficulty if we consider our recreation.”
Rakesh Pradhan, Shillong’s left wing-back has been their most constant performer up to now, with telling overlaps and crosses from the left flank is an everyday function, however he’ll want extra help.
Chalieu, in purpose, may even must tighten up a bit extra, as do younger defenders Aibanbha and Novin Gurung who’ve been patchy
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