Fowler: SC East Bengal were absolutely brilliant, especially after going down to 10 men

SC East Bengal held FC Goa to a 1-1 draw and even took the lead after going down to 10 men in Match 49 of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21 at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Wednesday. The Kolkata-based club lost their skipper Daniel Fox 10 minutes into the second half but worked hard to earn one point.  

Speaking at the post-match press conference, SC East Bengal head coach Robbie Fowler praised his team’s performance, especially after their red card. “I am delighted (with a point). We played against a good team …I felt that we deserved the points. We had the best chances. Our players were absolutely brilliant, especially after going down to 10 men. I am delighted with a point but we always want a bit more.”

FC Goa came close to scoring on numerous occasions but were unable to make their chances count. Fowler felt his side displayed a ‘credible’ performance. “At times, they put us under a lot of pressure and our lads dealt with it. When you are playing a team like that and you only allow chances from set-pieces and long-range then it is a very credible performance,” he said.

Making his first start of the season, Bright Enobakhare scored the first goal of the night after showing off his talent by beating four opposition players to score his goal. “He enjoys his football and is a very skillful player. He’s in control of most things that he does. I enjoy watching him play and he brings a lot to the team,” the Englishman said about the Nigerian striker.

Watch Robbie Fowler’s Post-Match Press conference here:

Meanwhile, FC Goa head coach Juan Ferrando was disappointed with his team’s performance. “I'm not so happy. After 1-1, we decided to put two number 9’s because we want to win all the time. In my opinion we lost two points but it is important to forget this game and think about the next one.

“After the red card, we decided to create more spaces with two number 10’s but this was not successful because in transition, we lost the ball and it was a clear opportunity for them. Of course, the reaction (to the SC East Bengal goal) was good but I'm not so happy about our transition in defence,” the Spaniard said.

Watch Juan Ferrando’s Post-Match Press conference here:


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