The win is coming: SC East Bengal captain Tomislav Mrcela after draw against Chennaiyin FC

SC East Bengal managed to eke out a point after the hard fought encounter against Chennaiyin FC that ended in a goalless draw in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) on Friday. Despite an improved defensive performance and a point, SC East Bengal’s skipper Tomislav Mrcela was not happy with the win columns still reading nought.

After conceding nine goals in the previous two matches, SC East Bengal managed to bounce back with a clean sheet despite Chennaiyin FC’s aggressive attempts to breach their guard.

“A clean sheet, a point is always a positive result. We still want the first win. We are not happy without wins out of the four games. The next game is our chance to win and we are playing against a team that is also struggling. They are a good team but we have our chances against them. We have 3-4 days to recover. I think the win is coming,” said Mrcela.

On the other hand, Chennaiyin FC reached the first position on standings with seven points in the bag while Mumbai City FC, Odisha FC and ATK Mohun Bagan follow them with six each. The result, however, did not impress Vladimir Koman who said the win was on the cards.

“Disappointed about the result because we had so many chances, and we created so many opportunities but in the end we didn’t score. We made a bad choice everytime with the last passage, so we need to increase this one. 0-0 is a loss for us, but we need to forget this game and keep going on.”

In spite of the match ending in a stalemate, the Hero of the Match Hira Mondal had something to cherish about finding himself in the centre stage with the spotlight beaming on him in his maiden Hero ISL season.

“This is a stage to prove yourself. I played the I-League before and from there I have arrived at the ISL. This is my first year at the ISL, so I have to prove that I have the quality to play here. That’s why I always pray and listen to what my mother says and this performance is the result of that.”

After managing their first clean sheet of the season, SC East Bengal will aim to go all the way against FC Goa on 7 December in Tilak Maidan Stadium while Chennaiyin FC will eye to ride the momentum against ATK Mohun Bagan on 11 December at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

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