Mumbai City FC head coach Petr Kratky was proud to witness the effort exerted by his players in their comeback 2-1 victory over Mohun Bagan Super Giant in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Mumbai Football Arena on Wednesday.

The Islanders conceded the first goal after going a man down early in the match; however, they managed to equalise by the end of the first half with a goal from the Scottish forward, Greg Stewart. A couple of red cards issued in quick succession to the visitors reduced them to 9 men in the second half, and the home side took full advantage of it. A deflected shot from forward Bipin Singh found its way into the back of the net, securing the lead for Mumbai City FC, and ultimately, the Islanders secured the victory.

Kratky commended his team for their effort in the game and appreciated how they handled the pressure in the latter stages of the game.

“It was an excellent effort from the group,” Kratky stated in the post-match press conference.

“They dug deep in the game. We are proud of what they (players) did. They had to be calm and be better with and without the ball which they did very well,” he added.

A win against the Mariners means that the Islanders maintain their unbeaten streak this season against the Kolkata-based club as well.

Mumbai City FC moved to third place in the points table with 19 points from 9 matches. However, in this fierce encounter, they received four red cards and will now be without the services of Akash Mishra, Greg Stewart, Rahul Bheke, and Vikram Pratap Singh for their upcoming game against Kerala Blasters FC on Sunday.

Kratky, however, feels that there are many players on the bench who deserve chances to play, and it will be a good opportunity for them to perform.

“The people who are waiting for their chance will get the chance,” Kratky said.

“We have a strong group of players and it will be a good chance for them,” he added.