Morgan satisfied with performance, disappointed with result
Kerala Blasters FC assistant coach Trevor Morgan said he was disappointed with the result but satisfied with the team’s overall performance after his side were held to a goalless stalemate by Mumbai City FC in Kochi today.
“To be honest, I am a bit disappointed that we didn’t win the game. But everybody is satisfied with the performance, however, we are disappointed because these are two games where we felt that we created enough opportunities to win and be four points better off than we are now,” Morgan explained at the post match press conference.
The former Bolton Wanderers forward did not believe that the Peter Reid-coached visitors had come looking for a draw because they defended solidly and tried to hit them on the counter attack which forced his side to work around their game plan.
“They defended very deep, got men behind the ball, and when you have someone like Nicolas Anelka in the front, you more than likely are to be hit on the counter-attack,” Morgan observed. “We had to try and break them down, and in the first half we played really well and in the second half we got a bit anxious. The longer the game went on, the more anxious we got and that is difficult, because when you get anxious you tend to do the wrong things.”
The English-Australian official said the anxiety to score was occasioned by the fact that the supporters were desperate for a goal and the team were desperate to give them that. “It’s been three home games in a week and we have only scored one goal. I know we have managed to keep three clean sheets, which is a wonderful achievement,” he pointed out.
Morgan felt that the team is doing well in two thirds of the field but the final third is where they are a bit lacking. “There is no secret recipe to make this work besides keep working, keep creating opportunities, create that bit of luck and hopefully score,” he said.
Morgan revealed that the changes in the starting line-up today were made just to freshen things up, especially since they have 29 players at their disposal. “We have 29 players in the squad, we play a lot of games and sometimes, things need to be freshened up. (CS) Sabeeth played on the left this game and he did really well and stretched the opposition in the first half,” the former East Bengal gaffer added with reference to the local hero who was voted Hero of the Match.