Really proud of the way the team fought: SC East Bengal’s Renedy Singh

SC East Bengal interim coach Renedy Singh was pleased with the way his team executed their gameplan as SC East Bengal held Bengaluru FC to a 1-1 draw in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa on Tuesday.

Semboi Haokip (28’) opened the scoring with a diving header before Sourav Das (OG 55’) handed the equaliser to the opposition with an own goal.

This result extended SCEB's winless run to nine matches and they remained rooted to the bottom of the table. While BFC's hopes of entering the top four suffered another blow.

Interim coach Renedy Singh addressed the media after the match.

Here are excerpts from his post-match press conference:

Did the player stick to your strategy and the plan of action?  Are you satisfied with the result? 

Yes, if you see the way the players have fought. We were talking about the structure before the match, they keep the shape till the end. One clear-cut chance, other than that there was no clear-cut chance for them. But we got three open chances, which we scored one and we could have scored two. Again, the players that we have, and with so many foreigners out we cannot play that expensive game. But then whatever the players who were in the field today, the way they have fought I'm really proud of them.

What did you tell your players before this game?

Before this game, last six days I got to work with the players for six days after the head coach left. That’s what I said, we were concentrating on the structure. Today if you see the game, of course, yes with the ball we could have been better. But then again the way we kept the shape while defending and counter-attacking, it was nice to see.

You gave Adil khan his first start today. What do you make of his performance? 

I was really worried, he was coming back after a long time with the injury. Because we know how Adil can play, but then in the last few months he was not totally fit. But today he has proved me wrong,  he has shown that he can play. I think he played well today.

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