Khalid Jamil : The Deserving Team Walked Away With Three Points
Aizawl FC coach Khalid Jamil yesterday brushed aside the praise being heaped upon him and his high-flying Aizawl FC team and said they still have a long way to before the end of the I-League.
"The most important things for us is to continue to work very hard, be focused every game," he said in a post-match conference after his team beat Shillong Lajong in the NorthEastern Derby.
"First match with an away draw against East Bengal and two wins in a row is a great sign of improvement, but now is not the time to decide yet where we will be at the end of the season. We want to grow step by step and see where we end when the season is over," he continued.
Aizawl FC coach Khalid Jamil was relatively calm when asked about the questionable penalty calls that went against his team in the match.
"For the first penalty it was rightly given and we are lucky Albino Gomes denied Fabio Pena, for the second one it was far from my reach and I could not see it clearly. The referee's job is to make the decision at hard times and I think the match referee today did really well. We got our three points and I am not interested in those penalties," he said.
The 39-year-old gaffer in his pre-match conference told the press he will make changes because of the tight fixtures but used almost the same starting eleven he used against Minerva Punjab with Ivorian striker Kamo to only withdraw after being injured in the warm-up.
"I did make changes, I made three substitutions," he joked, “The length of Kamo injury is not yet confirmed, if we have him it's good. Even if he is not there even Alfred and Rane can play upfront," he continued.
Shillong Lajong had three successive away losses with Aizawl FC coming out on top in the NorthEastern Derby and stand with no points in their hands. But Lajong coach Thangboi Singto believes it will be a fair result if both teams share the spoils.
"We are unlucky not to score the penalty when we had our chance. But if we look the overall performance we at least deserve one point. But, we are lucky the five home matches are waiting for us and hopefully, we can bounce back from this nightmare," he said.
But, Khalid Jamil is not buying the ideas of Thangboi. "Only one team deserved to win today, and the deserving team walks away with three points," he concluded.