We need to keep working on creating more chances: Mumbai City FC head coach Des Buckingham

Mumbai City FC head coach Des Buckingham was distraught with the decisions that went against his team in their goalless draw against bottom-placed SC East Bengal in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 match at the Tilak Maidan Stadium, on Friday evening.

Despite several efforts, the Islanders failed to make the most of their opportunities and had to settle for a point in a cagey affair, which also saw them climb up to the top of the league table.

Buckingham addressed the questions put forward by the media during the post-match press conference.

Here are the excerpts from the press conference:

No wins in the last four games? What can be the reason for that?

I'm more interested in this game this evening and for me, well done to SC East Bengal, but also we've had three clearcut penalties denied and not given. And for me, that's the reason we haven't come away with the results tonight.

We're happy with the clean sheet. I don't think they've had a chance at our goal, but we, we trust the process we follow, but we need to also make sure that when we create chances, if we're upheld the way we have been one with the handball, the second on Cassio (Gabriel) and the third one for me, Mourtada Fall pulled down in the middle of the goal. You trust that the officials see and give at least one, if not all three.

Do you think Mumbai City FC lacked a plan B, especially when they failed to break SC East Bengal?

No, I don't think so. Like I said, we've created two or three chances that have got us into good goal scoring areas. Unfortunately we've been opened up and upheld in the box and that we expect the decision to be made, which is the right one. I've watched all three and those make a massive change in the game, especially in the first half handball.

You played Phurba Lachenpa instead of Mohammad Nawaz. How was his performance?

He (Phurba Lachenpa) didn't have much to do. Full-bore, you know, it's, it's a good start in debut for him, pleased for him, but he hasn't really had anything to do in the game. You know, I felt we had full control of the game and we created enough opportunities to win the game, both from open play and from the decisions that I've just spoken about So I'm happy with Phurba and we'll see what happens for the next game.

What needs to be done to get the team back to winning ways?

We need to keep creating chances the way we are. I think defensively, we were very sound tonight and that's obviously been an area of concern, the last three games, which is nice to see we've come away with a clean sheet.

We just need to keep working on creating the chances, whether or not we manage to find the net, or if we take chances of the set plays, just make sure that we take those opportunities.

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