We should not blame any single player: NorthEast United FC's Khalid Jamil after defeat

NorthEast United FC extended their winless streak after a 3-1 defeat at the hands of ATK Mohun Bagan in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL). Head oach Khalid Jamil was disappointed with the result but applauded his players' efforts in the match.

Suhair Vadakkepeedika scored for the Highlanders early in the game, but goals by Joni Kauko and Liston Colaco overturned the score in the first half itself. Manvir Singh scored in the 52nd minute, to seal the victory for Juan Ferrando’s side.

Match Report: ATK Mohun Bagan beat NorthEast United FC to extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches

This result keeps NorthEast United FC at the bottom of the Hero ISL table with 10 points with three matches left in their season.

Khalid Jamil addressed the media after the game.

Here are some excerpts from his press conference:

The team got off to a good start with Suhair Vadakkepeedika getting a goal. What went wrong?

Suhair scored a good goal. I was thinking that we could finish at least one-nil up in first half but, they equalised, and then again in the second half, we needed a good start. The players worked very hard, which is a good point. It is not their mistake, it is our mistake.

Where does the team go from here in the last three games?

We are thinking about the next game and the remaining two-three games but, we have to think about this game. We have to finish the season in a good rhythm and that is most important.

How do you motivate the boys when nothing is going your way?

Yeah, only one thing I want to say to the players, they all are working hard. They're listening to all the instructions that we have given them especially, since the last couple of matches they are working hard and I don't have any complaints about them. Everybody is working hard. That is a good point, both Indians and foreigners. Talking about the new player who has come, Zakaria, he's also working hard, Marco and remaining players like Subhasish, everybody's working hard. That is a good thing.

Are you already planning for next season?

I never plan about next season. I want to finish these remaining matches if I get a chance to go again, that is a good point.  I never think about next season, I have to think about now. Then we'll see later, we have enough time.

Your team had chances today. Do you feel you have been unlucky this season?

Yes, but there is no excuse. We have to give it our all now because all the players are available even Deshorn Brown was there, we have everybody which is opposite to ATK Mohun Bagan, they have fewer foreign players. I thought there was a good chance to get the three points today. Talking about the players I will say again, they worked very hard. We should not blame any single player.

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