Calcutta: Kingfisher East Bengal coach Trevor James Morgan, on Saturday, admitted that a defensive lapse allowed Dempo to take a point.
“We were very much in control… But a lapse in concentration was the reason behind conceding the goal. We switched off for 10 seconds and disaster happened.
“There were a number of errors on our part. First, no one marked Cresson Antao. Then, no one made an attempt to clear the ball… The third mistake was no one covered the first post. So, it all became too easy for Peter Carvalho to score off a free header,” Morgan said at the post match media conference.
If East Bengal conceded easily, they also missed some easy chances. The coach expressed his displeasure over the strikers’ failure.
“Robin (Singh) failed to react when Penn gave him the pass in the second half. Manandeep Singh could have done better when he got the chance. But these things happen. I hope they will learn from their mistakes.”
Morgan’s counterpart Armando Colaco was happy to take home a point. “East Bengal dominated the match. But our boys showed great character to hang in there.
“We observed East Bengal’s playing style for quite sometime… They tend to get complacent at times and we knew that we have to hit them hard at that point of time. I’m glad that we could do that,” Colaco said.
Referee Ajit Meetei also came under scathing attack from Colaco. The referee overlooked in what seemed to be a clear penalty when Saumik Dey fouled Ryuji Sueoka. “It was blatant. If it wasn’t a penalty, I will quit coaching.”