Wasn’t a good game today, as we didn’t play our style of football: Hyderabad FC’s Manuel Marquez

Hyderabad FC head coach Manuel Marquez wasn’t too pleased with his team’s performance against SC East Bengal after a 1-1 draw in a Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa on Thursday.

Hyderabad FC have now extended their unbeaten run to six matches, but the Red & Gold Brigade remain winless in eight matches. Amir Dervisevic (20') gave SC East Bengal an early lead against Hyderabad FC but Bartholomew Ogbeche (35') scored with a header and levelled matters at 1-1.

This draw lifted Hyderabad FC into the top two spots of the points table, whereas SC East Bengal sit at the bottom of the table.

The head coach addressed the media after the match.

Here are the excerpts from the press conference:

Did playing without two recognized defenders have an impact on the result of the game?

They couldn't play, because Ashish received a strong tackle and we'll be out for more than one game and the other guy has problems with his knee that’s Juan González. Then we try to play with another player's Joao Victor, he has played lot of games as a center-back not only in Hyderabad but in a lot of other clubs. But when you don't win and you play a bad game like today, you always remember the players who are not in the lineup.

Are you satisfied with one point? 

Of course not, I think that we didn’t deserve more than one point, but  I'm not satisfied, during the championship there will be games like these. When you don't play well, at least one point is good. But of course, we lost a good chance of adding one more win.

The top four is getting quite cluttered in terms of points, so would this be a costly two points to drop at the end of the game?

Now in this moment. All the games are very difficult. East Bengal is in a bad place at the moment. But you have to remember their four draws are against, Jamshedpur Chennai, Kerala, and Hyderabad not against the last teams on the table. They have good players maybe the problem is for them, not for us, maybe we are in a very good situation at the table. But of course, we wanted to win the game today. 

What are the positives that you take out from this game? 

Not too much. I think the team was very bad, even from the bench we didn't have the team with the substitutions. If I have to say something, maybe the performance of Sahil Tavora in the second half was very good. But I think that in terms of football we didn't play a good game and when you don't play your style of football, this kind of thing always happens.

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