Friday, December 20, 2013

Bengaluru FC look to get back to winning ways again

AIFF Media 

Post their first home loss of the season against Kingfisher East Bengal last Sunday, Bengaluru FC will be looking forward to getting back to winning ways when they take on Salgaocar FC in the 16th Round of the Airtel I-league. 

The hosts, who are still leading the points table with 27 points from 14 matches, will be hoping to further consolidate their position on the top by bagging full three points from the match.  On the other hand, Salgaocar, who have 18 points from 13 matches, will be aiming for an upset and move up the points table. 

Despite winning the away tie against Salgaocar in Goa last month, Bengaluru FC are not taking the visitors lightly. “Every match is different. We don’t want to think about what has happened in the past and just concentrate on the tomorrow’s game,” said Bengaluru FC coach, Ashley Westwood. 

“As I have said even in the past that my aim is to win every game, so even against Salgaocar my team will be going all out for full three points.”

The English coach was also relieved that the team lost the last match as he feels that now there won’t be any added pressure on the boys. “Though we lost the last match, there are some positives that we can take from that game. The most important being, that the players will now not have the pressure of continuing with their unbeaten run at home. Now they can take every game at a time,”said Westwood. 

Bengaluru FC will be relieved as they will once again get back the services of their star defender John Johnson, who had missed the match against East Bengal after picking up four yellow cards. With Johnson back in the side, the defence will get the cutting edge that was missing against East Bengal.
On the other hand, after failing to score in the last match, the team’s two star strikers Sunil Chhetri and Sean Rooney will be looking to get their name back in the score sheet. 

On the other hand, Salgaocar FC coach Derrick Pereira is wary of Bengaluru FC’s record at home.“Though they had lost their last match, but I know that they are a dangerous side. They have a strong defence and breaking the defence will be the key,” he said. “The team is really looking forward to playing some attacking football and I am hopeful that we will put up a good fight,” added Pereira. 

Pereira pointed out that even in the first leg, the team didn’t play upto the mark and had missed a penalty that cost them dearly. “On Saturday we will try to rectify all those problems and hope get a favourable result,” he added.
The visitors will be looking forward to their Scottish striker Darryl Duffy to break though the Bengaluru defence. However, the team will be missing the services of Karma Tsewang, who is out with an injury. 

The match kicks off tomorrow, Saturday, 3 pm at the Bangalore Football Stadium.