KOLKATA: “I am happy for our supporters,” coach Saheed Ramon reflected on the 3-2 win over Mohun Bagan on Thursday afternoon. “They have been loyal and we owe this victory to them.”
Kareem Omolaja Nurain (7′), Tirthankar Sarkar (11′) and John Chidi (61′) were on target for the Black Panthers while Joseba Beitia (25′) and Salva Chamorro (71′) reduced the margin for Mohun Bagan.
“I am happy about hitting this run of form,” the gaffer sound happy, although, despite the win, he was not entirely satisfied as he believes his side should have beaten Mohun Bagan by a bigger score-line.
“There were numerous goal scoring possibilities that we could have utilised, but that’s football, and the most important thing is the win.” Ramon continued. “We played positive football, we ran and we played forward and I think that’s the most important part. All the players came to the party. Tirthankar (Sarkar) did very well, pushing the team forward and that’s what we expect from him.”
“It wasn’t a walk in the park. Mohun Bagan came out and really made a fight of it. We conceded goals which we shouldn’t have conceded,” admitted the Nigerian mentor, “But when you score more goals than the opponent, it is easier to work on the mistakes.”
“We select the best team for each match. We analyse the strengths and weaknesses of our opponents and, accordingly decide on the starting line-up,” explained Ramon when asked how tough it was to leave team’s top scorer Arthur Kouassi on bench.
Ramon looks forward to Monday’s clash against leaders Peerless SC. “There is no time to dwell on this result. It’s water under the bridge and the challenge is to get ready for the next game,” he concludes.