KOLKATA: “This is the result we wanted,” said coach Jose Hevia after seeing through his side winning their second match of the ongoing Hero I-League. “Credit to the entire team. We really worked hard for this win. It feels good to see the supporters happy.”
John Chidi (41st) and Asheer Akhtar (67th) were on target for the for Black Panthers while Sharif Muhammad (76th) pulled a goal back for the Malabarians as Mohammedan SC beat Gokulam Kerala FC 2-1 on Monday to climb up to third spot on the table with 10 points, same as second placed Real Kashmir and three behind leaders Churchill Brothers.
“The three points were very important for us, this was one crucial match for us. We knew it was going to be a six-pointer and it is very important that when you get a six-pointer you go all out. I am happy with the boys, they have done very well,” added Hevia.
“We could have scored more, especially in the second-half,” continued Hevia. “Our decision making robbed us of some possibilities, but I am pleased with the progress we are making.”
Though happy with the three points, Hevia believes there is still a lot of work to do. “We had some moments of jitters at the back but recovered and became solid with the progress of the game. We will work on that. When you have collected three points it makes it easy to go back and fix the mistakes,” noted the Spaniard mentor.
The Black Panthers will take on Indian Arrows next on Saturday at Kishore Bharati Krirangan in what promises to be yet another mouth-watering clash.