Calcutta: Employing ideal away-match tactics, Salgaocar recorded a fine 2-0 win over United SC in an Airtel I-League match, at the Kalyani Stadium, on Sunday.
Riding the strikes of Augustine Fernandes and substitute Milagres Gonsalves, the Goan outfit returned to the top of the league table with 13 points from six matches so far.
United SC, on the other hand, are at No.5, with nine points from seven appearances. But what would worry coach Eelco Schattorie is the fact that they are winless in their last five matches. And the hard taskmaster that the Dutchman is, he is extremely annoyed with his team’s performance, including that of ace striker Ranty Martins.
The Nigerian, who had a major influence in United SC’s impressive show last season, has looked rather subdued so far in this I-League. Lack of creativity in the midfield is making the job all the more difficult for him.
But as the coach rightly says, a player of the calibre of Ranty should take greater workload and show a lot more aggression for the cause of his team.
Both the goals that United SC conceded were purely because of defensive errors. As early as the fourth minute, Dhanachandra Singh’s attempt to clear a corner went straight to Augustine, whose header hit the post and rolled into the net. Then, with four minutes to go for regulation time, a miscommunication between Dhanachandra and Deepak Mondal handed Milagres the opportunity to comfortably slot the ball home.
The hosts, however, were unlucky when a superb long-ranger from Eric Brown, which found its way into Salgaocar goal, was overruled by referee Khamba Singh citing Ranty to be in an offside position. The decision was certainly a debatable one as Ranty looked to be in line with a rival player.
Coming back to Salgaocar, they relied mainly on counter-attacks and could have scored at least two more. But on both occasions, United SC custodian Sangram Mukherjee did well to thwart Darryl Duffy and substitute Claude Gnakpa, respectively, to avoid further embarrassment for his side.