De Matos Angry On Minerva Punjab FC For Wasting The Time
De Matos Angry on MPFC for wasting the time
I-League Match-9 was taken place in Gmc Bambolim, Goa. Where Indian Arrows played against Minerva Punjab FC. A wonder-goal early in the game (7′) and a late goal (84′) from William Opoku helped Minerva go straight to the top of the table. Going into the game, Indian Arrows coach Luis Norton de Matos made two changes from the last game with Abhijit Sarkar and Deepak Tangri replacing Jeakson Singh and Anwar Ali. As for Minerva Punjab, Rakshit Dagar replaced injured goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh along with Kamalpreet Singh and William Opoku Asiedu who came in place of Deepak Devrani and Gagandeep Singh respectively.
After the end of the Match Indian arrows Coach, Luis Norton De Matos has expressed his thoughts on his team’s performance in the same way he was not happy with the MPFC’s tactics of wasting the time.
“I’m disappointed because as a coach I would like to always have my best players and take my options as I’m working on the development of football. Three of my players (Jeakson Singh, Anwar Ali and Nongdamba Naorem) could not play tonight who could have been decisive,” said Matos.
“Minerva played with five foreigners and played in a style that is impossible for me to follow. They scored a good goal and immediately started to take time for their throw-ins and corners. This is not my philosophy of football. I’m working on a completely different way. I accept it because when we come in the I-League, it is to get a victory in the sense of gaining experience (for the boys). It’s very hard to play against foreign players.”
The coach also praised his boys for a spirited show despite the defeat. He stated, “There were a few moments of brilliance and I think we conceded the second goal because we were looking for the equaliser and the attitude of the team (Arrows) was fantastic. Abhijit (Sarkar) could have equalised in the first half and twice in the second half. If we could have drawn early in the second half, we could have won the game because they were looking tired.”
Matos was clearly unhappy as he reiterated how much he missed the three players in this match given that they were on loan from Minerva FC. “My disappointment is that I would have liked after winning a week ago to lose with my ideas than others’ ideas. I was obliged to play without three players. There were players on the bench but some of them never played with me. For example, if I wanted to change a defender, Sumit (Rathi) never played with me. The defeat is normal but I’m disappointed because I think we can play for the result with all players available to play.”
Minerva coach Wangkhem Khogen Singh though refused to believe that the presence of the three players would be made a difference in today’s result. “Maybe a slight difference but I don’t think it would have changed the result,” said the Minerva coach. On the match, Singh opined, “I knew that it will be a tight fight because they are the fittest as youngsters. We know how they play on the counter so we tried to stop them from doing that. We blocked the play from Amarjit (Singh Kiyam) and we also tried to block Aniket Jadhav in an attack.”