Coming from the first win in the season, bottom-placed HAL is all set take on Shillong Lajong FC, who has managed only 2 points from their last 5 rounds.
Post the win, the Aircraftmen looked far more relaxed, which also reflected in their practice session today morning at the match venue.
Manager M Muralidharan did not reveal much about the game. However, he’ll be missing R C Prakash, out due to double booking. Also, quite apparent that he is going with the same plan that fetched him three-points. So, that would call for some change in the playing position - left full-back Rohit Chand will go down in the central defense position, defender Biju Kumar will play in the mid-field as a defensive screen, and Deepak Prakash will partner Abdulla Hamza in the forward position.
The North-East representative, Shillong Lajong FC might not have placed in the top-half in I-League, what coach Pradhyum Reddy expects his team to be there.
The January signings of Aussie Matthew Mayora and Sushil Singh is going to bolster the attack. Lajong, will be missing heavily on midfielder Rennedy Singh, out injured, another player signed on the January transfer window.
Reddy felt the importance of a Bangalore team in I-league, “Wish HAL stays in I-league, they are a good team, but the result shows otherwise. They played a brilliant game against us in the home match in Manipur, we’re lucky to get 3-points in that game!”
Shillong Lajong FC coach quips, “We’re here to get 3-points from this match, HAL can win in the rest of the matches!”
Match is slated for tomorrow, February 1, 2012, 3 pm.