Armando: Proud of the way we played

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By Staff Reporter
  • Published 29.01.15

Calcutta: Armando Colaco said he was happy with the way East Bengal fought back to get three points from Wednesday’s match here, which was largely dominated by Bengaluru FC.

Asked if he thought his team was lucky to return with a victory, he retorted: “You call this lucky? I am very happy with the way the boys fought. There was commitment and a determination to win.”

The coach said: “We needed three points badly and that mattered. It will be good for our confidence. It was like being back to the Dempo days for me, when my team never gave up. I am proud of the way East Bengal played today.”

He was all praise for the young Abinash Ruidas. The youngster from Budge Budge in South 24 Parganas was groomed initially at the Mohun Bagan Academy, but have since played for the East Bengal junior team. “Look at the way Ruidas played. He is young and I am extremely pleased with him,” he said.

The coach, however, admitted that fitness was an issue with East Bengal players. “They are getting fatigued easily. That needs to change.”

His counterpart, Ashley Westwood, however was angry with Bengaluru FC for losing so many chances. “We should have won by a handsome margin, but we just failed to find the mark. In football, it happens. But it is a big disappointment… Especially the way we squandered chances,” he said.

Westwood, however, sounded confident of bouncing back. The defending champions have not really found their winning ways this season.

But he said: “Not too many teams will finish ahead of us, I am sure of that. I see no reason why we can’t bounce back and be contenders for the title again.”