Mumbai City FC head coach Petr Kratky expressed his delight with the performance of Vikram Partap Singh and the entire team after they beat NorthEast United FC 4-1 in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Tuesday.

Singh netted a hat-trick as the Islanders recorded a big win at the Mumbai Football Arena. Mumbai City FC swiftly secured a 2-0 advantage within the first 10 minutes, courtesy of Singh's impressive brace. The home team extended their lead just before halftime as Yoell van Nieff successfully converted a penalty during injury time. Although NorthEast United FC managed to score late in the game through Jithin MS, it served as a mere consolation goal, as Singh promptly added another to complete his hat-trick.

With this convincing 4-1 victory, Mumbai City FC claimed the top spot on the table, securing their 11th win of the season. Reflecting on the match, Kratky expressed satisfaction with his players' execution of tactics and their overall impressive performance.

“We started very well. We scored an early goal which helps in achieving what we want to achieve but overall, I’m happy with the performance. Everything that we said before the game, the boys executed. Again, we conceded a goal. I’ll have to look at that but it’s normal. Sometimes you make mistakes when you’re tired. But overall, I’m very happy with the performance and also the scoresheet with Vikram scoring a hat-trick. I’m very happy for him,” he said in the post-match press conference. 

Singh achieved a milestone in his ISL career by securing his first-ever hat-trick, elevating his season goal count to an impressive seven goals. As Mumbai City FC's leading scorer, he also holds the distinction of being the top Indian goalscorer in the current season. Singh currently finds himself behind Odisha FC striker Roy Krishna by five goals in the race for the Golden Boot this season.

When asked if Singh can compete for the Golden Boot given his current form, Kratky said: “I don’t know what’s the Golden boot chart now, where he’s sitting with the goals. But if he's somewhere close, 100 percent (he can compete for the Golden Boot). Vikram scored three goals but it’s (because of) team performance. He gets service (in the form of) crosses and balls in the box. I’m happy with the whole team and he (Singh) is at the end of the action, which is fantastic. If the team keeps working this way and keeps providing opportunities for the strikers to score, 100% he will be in contention.”