Deshorn Brown made a big impact but it was a team effort: Khalid Jamil on NorthEast United’s win
NorthEast United head coach Khalid Jamil lauded his players after the team scripted a last-gasp 2-1 win over FC Goa in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Margao, Goa on Saturday.
Khassa Camara scored with a long-range effort in stoppage time as the Highlanders grabbed all three points.
Jamil though was happy to give the credit of the win to his players who according to him put in a real shift on the night.
The Indian spoke to the media after the game and here are the excerpts from his press conference.
Your team played really well in the second half anc created chances. Do you think the addition of Deshorn Brown late in the second half changed the game for you?
Yes definitely as we missed Brown last match. He is one of the players who can change the game anytime. So we missed him. He came in and it gave other players confidence by his presence on the pitch. Mathias (Coureur) and Khassa (Camara) worked very hard and so did Flottmann and Hernan (Santana). talking about the Indian boys, everyone worked very hard. Gurjinder, Subhasish and Suhair all did well. Rochharzela scored a good goal. Lakra also did a good job. I had to make an early change because of a yellow card but everyone did a wonderful job. Sehnaj's experience in midfield was key for us. He showed good understanding with Khassa.
Coureur had two great chances that struck the woodwork. Your thoughts on his performance and do you think with Gallego out he could be your talisman?
Yes Mathias is one of the quality players in our ranks. I don't have to tell him much. He has a great presence of mind and he needs to continue with the same rhythm till the last game.
Your goalkeeper Subhasish made some great saves. How do you rate his performance?
Subhasish is one of the experienced goalkeepers in India. He is one of the main players for us. He did a wonderful job guiding the defence and his match temperament was great.
Since you took over last season, NorthEast United have made a habit of scoring late. Do you think this win can help you regain the form you showed last season?
Last season we did a good job because of the players. And even in this match it was down to the players as they worked very hard. They deserve the victory today.