The brand new 12 months introduced new fortunes for debutants SC East Bengal as they lastly bagged their first win within the ISL, brushing apart Odisha FC 3-1 of their final outing.
Either side discover themselves on the reverse ends of the factors desk. SCEB are positioned second from the underside whereas Goa have jumped to 3rd after late comeback victories over Jamshedpur and Hyderabad.
The Gaurs, whereas beginning as favourites, will look to make it three wins on the trot however with the monkey lastly off the again for East Bengal, Robbie Fowler’s facet will definitely fancy its probabilities.
“We need to win video games,” stated Fowler, whose facet has been unbeaten within the final three video games.
“The lads are in a greater area now than what we had been just a few weeks in the past. However like I stated to them, we received to exit and play the way in which we are able to. In case you can play the way in which you’ll be able to, you’ll win video games.
“We’re not one million miles away. We have gained a recreation however we cannot get carried away. Likewise, once we misplaced a recreation early within the season, we weren’t getting carried away then,” he added.
Fowler expects his crew not simply to nullify Goa’s menace but in addition to trigger them issues.
“Goa may have somewhat little bit of possession however it’s as much as our gamers to work exhausting. Hopefully, we’ll put the ball behind the web and provides Goa one thing to fret about.
“It isn’t all about what we are able to do to cease Goa however we have a crew to play, we have video games that we are going to attempt to win,” he added.
Defensively, each side have struggled. Whereas SCEB are but to register a clear sheet, Goa have stored only one, regardless of their attacking aptitude. The 2 sides have additionally been responsible of conceding within the dying minutes of the sport.
Goa coach Juan Ferrando is just not taking SCEB calmly.
“The crew is extra compact and has displayed its high quality in the previous couple of video games, ” he stated.
“Two weeks in the past, there was extra strain as they had been within the final place. (However) when you might have three factors, the feelings within the dressing room are completely different.
“In opposition to SCEB, we’ve got an issue as a result of they arrive into the sport with none strain or stress. It is a new alternative (for them),” he added.
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