I'm proud of my boys; we can still finish as high as we can: Mumbai City FC’s Des Buckingham
Mumbai City FC head coach Des Buckingham was pleased with his team’s performance as they played out a 1-1 draw against ATK Mohun Bagan in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the PJN Stadium in Margao, Goa on Thursday.
David Williams (9') made the best of the opportunity to put the Mariners in front before Pritam Kotal (24' OG) was guilty of heading the ball in his own net.
The Islanders' winless run stretched to seven games as the reigning champions remained sixth in the table with 19 points from 13 outings.
Buckingham addressed the media during the post-match press conference.
Here are the excerpts from the press conference:
Do you think this is a fair result?
I'm proud of the players, we've been locked in our rooms four days before the NorthEast United FC match and all the way through till now. We're doing limited training. I'm very proud of the work that they've done. We tried enough to win the game, but it wasn't to be. But we have to get ready, now for the next one.
Six wins in the first seven games and now seven games without a win. Is it time for deep introspection?
I've always said judge us at the end of the season, it's not important where you are now we're still in a decent space. If you look at the points table, where we sit with teams with seven games to play, it's important that we finish well. We’re still in a good position to finish as high as we can.
Do you think it would have been nice as the club had got some defensive reinforcements in the January window?
It’s okay, wanting something but making things like that happen. It can sometimes be difficult, I'm very happy with our recruitment through the January window and what we brought in. And again, we'll make sure that the same players that we had at the start season. Tonight they've shown good signs of that, that backline making sure we continue to work with them to tighten up that end whilst also going back to scoring goals.
You play Chennaiyin FC next, your last win was against the same team. Do you think it would be a good opportunity to complete the circle?
It would be nice to take a win against them again. We’ll just go back to making sure that we play the way that we want on a more consistent basis. We have been being locked in rooms for a large period of time and you struggle with that. It’s the same for most of the teams in the league at the moment. So we'll start to get that consistency, the more games we play, and that's what's going to happen now. They'll come very thick and fast and they'll give us an opportunity to do that.