Shillong Lajong FC will look to bounce back stronger as they are all set to host Goan outfit Salgaocar FC on Thursday at the JN Stadium Shillong at 4:30pm.
After having drawn one and lost one match so far, Lajong are looking for their first win and will be banking their hopes on the strikers who will need to fulfil their goal scoring duties.
The team has also been weak defensively and need to correct on their errors of conceding early goals. Yusuke Yamagata, the Japanese defender will look to make his debut tomorrow after nursing an illness and his presence will surely add experience to the defence line of the Lajong squad.
The two Brazilian strikers Uilliams and Fabio need to pull up their socks and find their scoring touch at the earliest as the team really needs to score goals in order to collect three full points. The stakes are high and the league is tough! The team has to collectively perform as a unit and understand each other on the pitch so that a good combination of play comes through from them. This will be highly beneficial for the team who is also looking to better their standings in the league. The team morale has to be boosted up as well and take home advantage in tomorrow’s match.
In a pre match press conference held in the city today, Coach Thangboi Singto said, “If we don’t score we won’t get points as Goals make you win matches. I believe in my foreign strikers and goals will need to come sooner.”
“Pritam is injured and is doubtful for tomorrow’s match.”
“We need to work hard defensively and do a lot better. The pressure is on the strikers. We need to stop conceding goals and get goals from our strikers.
Pressure is the same whether you’re playing at home or away. Salgaocar has good Indian players. It will be a tough game for us and we need to work harder and get maximum points tomorrow”, he said.
The weather is Shillong has been increasingly cold too and the home team has to make full use of the situation as the Goans are likely to be distracted and miss the sunny warm weather in Goa.
The tension is high in the Salgaocar squad as well. The team has not be able to register a win and have been lost all their three matches, against Bengaluru, Mohun Bagan and Mumbai FC.
The team is yet to gel and get along with the new signings in the squad and also adjust to the new coaching tactics and style of play, of their new head coach Malcolm Thomson.
Salgaocar has a strong squad and their striker Darryl Duffy is back to form and has been scoring goals for his team. Gurjinder Kumar and Jackichand Singh have also scored a piece for their team so far in the past two matches. The Greens will certainly look to go all out for a win tomorrow.
Malcolm Thomson, the Salgaocar coach was also part of the pre-match press conference today and said, ”We have played the three top teams in India and things didn’t go according to plan. We are taking time to gel as a unit and are conceding early goals too. We have to ensure that it doesn’t happen tomorrow.”
“Augustine got injured in the last match and he will not be involved tomorrow.”
“It will be a tough match and we won’t take it lightly as well. If players play to the full capacity then I think we can do well.”
“It is difficult for coaches and players whether it is playing at home or away. We are looking forward to a competitive match tomorrow, he concluded.