Minerva Punjab Coach Surinder Singh Laments Lack of Preparation Time For Poor Run
After getting drubbed by four goals to nil in the hands of Mohun Bagan in the 3rd round of I-League, Minerva Punjab FC’s coach, Mr. Surinder Singh has lamented the lack of preparation time for the poor run, that saw them get only 1 point from their first 3 games in the Hero I-League 2017.
The side from Punjab were subject to the heaviest defeat of the I-League season so far as they had no clues to Sony Norde’s runs down the left flank. In the post-match conference, when the Minerva coach was asked about the most dangerous player in the Mohun Bagan side, he said, “Norde, he did a good job in the wings. He was able to put pressure (on our defence).” He confessed that Mohun Bagan were the better team right from the outset, that helped them to get 3 points from this match, but was also optimistic about the performance of his side in the second half. “I am happy with the boys. In the second half they tried to score and bring the goals back (reduce the margin of loss),” he added.
However when asked about the reason of poor performances in the league so far, Surinder said that they do not have any excuses, as they have to go ahead with the fixtures, before adding, “We are playing all matches away, we are travelling and playing them, we are not getting time to prepare also. So when we go back home, we get time to prepare for our home games. But now we are travelling and playing, so we are not getting time to prepare the team what we lack. We are talking to the boys and we are getting only 1 day to prepare, so that takes time. So when we get time to prepare, we can rectify our mistakes.”
The Minerva coach was also quick to spot the differences between the 2nd division I-League, where they were on a golden run before going to finish behind Dempo Sports Club in the last season and the I-League. He said that the two divisions are very different primarily because of the quality of the players, as all the top players (Indians or Foreigners) play in the top division. He had particularly went on to emphasize the long-term goals of Minerva Punjab FC, saying that they are giving chances to many youngsters in matchday squad, including Anirudh Thapa who had a good game today.
Minerva Punjab FC will play their 4th away match off the season from now, when they take on another misfiring outfit, Shillong Lajong at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong. After two consecutive losses, the team management of Minerva will be hopeful of atleast coming out with a point from the game, before they go on to play back-to-back home matches.