Credit to the team for reacting positively in tough times: ATK Mohun Bagan’s Ashutosh Mehta

ATK Mohun Bagan defender Ashutosh Mehta was pleased for his team to pick up their first win in five matches as they defeated NorthEast United FC 3-2 in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the PJN stadium in Margao, Goa on Tuesday.

The right-back was proud of his teammates for showing the right reaction on the pitch after a difficult week that saw former head coach Antonio Habas leave the club and Juan Ferrando being appointed just a day before the match.

Mehta spoke to the media after the match.

Here are excerpts from his press conference:

You faced your guru Khalid Jamil with whom you have played at many clubs. How is the feeling to get better of his side?

I'm grateful for the three points. It was much-needed for the team's confidence. But the season is still new and we already have our heads in our next match against FC Goa.

As for Khalid Jamil, I have the utmost respect for him. He is like a father to me in football. I have grown up learning with him and always have the utmost respect for him.

There was a managerial change so did the team show a reaction after poor results recently?

The way the boys reacted was spot on. It was a difficult situation for us because we didn't have much time to prepare considering the circumstances. But credit to everyone, the entire squad and the staff for sticking together in these difficult times.

How do you see your performance in the season so far?

I'm a person who's always willing to learn and improve. I still have to hit my full potential. I know I can do better but it's all about improving step by step and helping the team.

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