Proud of the team’s response after Jamshedpur FC’s fight back: Mumbai City FC’s Des Buckingham
Mumbai City FC head coach Des Buckingham expressed delight at his team's response to two quick-fire Jamshedpur FC goals in the second half as they emerged 4-2 winners to extend their lead at the top of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) table.
The Islanders raced to a 3-0 lead at the interval thanks to goals from Cassio Gabriel, Bipin Singh and Igor Angulo but Jamshedpur FC came within a goal of the defending champions shortly after the restart.
Ygor Catatau then put the game beyond all doubt as Mumbai City FC went four points clear at the top of the table.
Buckingham addressed the media after this crucial win.
Here are the excerpts from his post-match press conference.
Despite the win, what do you think the team could have done better?
We scored four goals. In the first half we continued to show real attacking football and to go 3-0 up against a very well-coached team by Owen Coyle was excellent. Full credit to them as well. They came out in the second half and gave it a go and nearly got themselves back in the game. I'm proud of how we stood up at 3-2 especially and went on to score the fourth goal and secure the game for us.
Ygor Catatau has scored three goals from the bench. How hard is it to shuffle the pack with only four foreigners allowed in the team?
We want impact from every player that comes off the bench and he continues to deliver in that respect and so do the others. The changes in the last few matches have played a big part in how we have gone on to finish the games. But we also need to take stock of the ones that are starting the game and see how well they have played. Ygor again scored this evening and it was an excellent goal through a very well-worked move. It's a good problem to have.
Is it a concern not having a clean sheet?
I want our teams to play attractive football, quick football. I want to enjoy watching us from the sidelines. We will continue to do that. Yes we would like clean sheets but if it detracts from the style of football and that means committing numbers forward we just need to be better at certain times in the game to make sure we don't give the ball away in dangerous areas.
You have consolidated your place at the top of the table. Does it put added pressure?
We don't tend to look at the table at this time of the year. We are only a quarter of our way to the season. It doesn't matter where you are in the league right now. It is where you finish. And that's going to be key that we focus on the next game that we play.