Calcutta: For the past two seasons, Kingfisher East Bengal were the runners-up in the I-League. In this edition, they will finish third after Pune FC sealed the second spot, thanks to their 2-0 win over Pailan Arrows at home, on Saturday.
Coach Trevor James Morgan, though, has no complaints. Ever since he took over as coach in mid-2010, East Bengal, in terms of performance, have been one of the most disciplined and consistent teams in Indian football with two Federation Cup and as many Calcutta Football League titles besides winning the IFA Shield once.
Also, they are the side to have conceded the least number of goals this season.
These achievements do make the Briton a proud man. He expressed his happiness by thanking the team for their efforts, terming them as “a wonderful bunch”, at the end of Saturday’s training session.
In what appears to be his last I-League match as East Bengal coach, on Sunday, against Lajong FC at the Kalyani Stadium, Morgan urged his wards to finish on a high.
More so, as a win will keep them in good stead for their AFC Cup pre-quarter final tie against Yangon United on Wednesday.
“We would like to finish on a winning note. We play at home and want to continue the winning habit, which will come in handy as we play the AFC Cup pre-quarter final tie in a few days from now,” Morgan said.
Now that there are no more chances of finishing as runners-up in the competition, reserves in the squad may get a look-in against Lajong, who are placed 11th in the standings.
“We don’t have any major injury problems and the boys are all gearing up to give their best and go for maximum points,” Morgan emphasised.