We showed character till the very end: Chennaiyin FC’s Bozidar Bandovic

Chennaiyin FC head coach Bozidar Bandovic was delighted to have recorded a 2-1 win over Northeast United FC in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the PJN stadium in Margao, Goa on Saturday.

Laldanmawia Ralte helped NorthEast United take the lead in the 35th minute before Ariel Borysiuk (52’) and Vladimir Koman (58’) got Chennaiyin back in the game within a space of six minutes.

The 2-1 win means Chennaiyin FC have now jumped to third place from seventh, with 18 points from 12 matches.

Head Coach Bandovic addressed the media after the match.

Here are excerpts from his post-match press conference:

How do you assess the game in terms of getting back into the top four spots ?

It’s very important three points. Very important victory after going five games without winning . So, it's important for the boys. We had little pressure about this game. We started the game very well and came back after conceding the goal, we showed character and effort till the end. Of course the last 15-20 minutes, they put pressure on us and they had some moments.

What did you tell the boys at half-time?

I told them there are some things that we need to change and we need to play like first 10 to 30 minutes. They corrected that in the second half. This win will give us more confidence for the next games .

How tricky was selecting your first eleven today, as you had all six foreigners available?

It’s not an excuse but this is the first time we had the six foreigners in the team. In the first leg we were without 1-2 foreigner players. One point we could do without anybody but of course if we had the player it's best for us. So it's very important that we have six of them.

Debjit Majumder made some brilliant saves, after letting in that easy goal. How impressed are you with him?

Mistakes are part of the game and part of our life. We need to keep going and winning for the team is very important. We support all the players, especially me, I will support him the same. If you see all the games in the league, there are so many individual mistakes that sometimes we cannot avoid this. But from the time he came, he's doing very well for the team, and this is very important.

A word on Slavko Damjanovic, who led your defence?

He’s playing well and he's helping the team. This is why he's here, he needs to make a difference in the back. So it's good for us and good for the team that we win the game that we have 18 points and now we are in the top four but still many games to go we cannot say that after one game that everything is fine. We are in the top four but we need to keep working hard because next games are very  important for us

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