Clean sheet against Jamshedpur FC is a good foundation to build on: Bengaluru FC’s Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu feels that the clean sheet against Jamshedpur FC at the Athletic Stadium, in Bambolim would be beneficial for them to stage a turnaround ahead the remaining matches in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22.

Despite creating ample opportunities throughout the game, neither of the teams managed to find the net. However, it was a much needed result for the Blues, who registered their first clean sheet of the season, with Sandhu being one of the top performers on Monday evening.

“It's a good foundation (clean sheet) to start on. We've had a difficult run obviously, but the last two games have given us a lot of positives to take with us and hopefully we can continue with this attitude and get some results in the league,” said Sandhu, after the game.

Bengaluru FC’s strategy of playing from the back was clearly visible during the game, as Sandhu backed his team for trying out new approaches to their game and the courage to implement them on the pitch.

“I think we have very good players with the ball and definitely we want to try playing out from the back and, it is something that I think we can do very well on a day. And today was one of those examples. The most important thing is to have that courage, to try things out, even if sometimes things don't work out for you. But, to have that courage to go again and again is something that we've worked on,” added the custodian.

Greg Stewart, who was at the forefront of most of the attacks initiated by Jamshedpur FC, feels that draw was a fair result, even though he is frustrated for his team not walking away with full points.

“Maybe, overall a draw was deserved for both teams, but (we are) a little bit frustrated and credit to the Bengaluru FC goalkeeper, for having a great match as well. So yeah, overall maybe I thought that the draw was a great result, but obviously we were disappointed that we didn't win, but yeah, we have to move on to the next match,” remarked Stewart, who was also awarded the Hero of the Match.

“It was just one of those games, where both defences played really well, they didn't give a lot of chances away. I had to try and do something with the ball and create my own chance. But, unfortunately they had a good goalkeeper today,” added the Jamshedpur FC forward.

Bengaluru FC midfielder Suresh Wangjam lauded the efforts of his teammates for the point earned, and also urged them to remain patient and trust in the process which they are following currently.

“It was a great night and it was difficult. We just got a single point, but it's really nice. We're in a process and all the players need to trust in the process. And I have to say, our defence and our keeper were fabulous. And the silver lining of the game was the clean sheet,” stated Wangjam, after the goalless draw.

Jamshedpur FC will be up against Kerala Blasters FC in their next match at the Tilak Maidan, in Vasco, on Sunday evening. On the other hand, Bengaluru FC is set to lock horns with Chennaiyin FC on December 30, also at the Tilak Maidan.

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