The work ethic across the team was brilliant: Westwood

Bengaluru FC put on yet another complete display to come away with three big points from East Bengal on Saturday. Here are bits and bobs from what the gaffer had to say to the press post the win…

On the way the game panned out…

We knew how they were going to come out and play today and they did exactly that. When Sunil missed the chance soon into the second half I thought it was going to be one of those days where we do everything but don’t come away with anything. When we played East Bengal last season at the Salt Lake, we annihilated them but ended up losing 1-0. Today, we had good chances at 0-0 and took the one that came our way. I thought we looked comfortable.

Whether losing the game to Mumbai altered the plan against East Bengal…

We were always going for the win. The loss earlier in the week didn’t trouble me. We’ve got 12 out of a possible 15 points which includes three wins from 4 away games. That’s 75% of away games won and it’s something that doesn’t happen to too many teams across leagues in the world. Today, I was hoping we wouldn’t get done by bad luck or bad decisions because on a level playing field, we can beat any team. However, we know we have a lot of work to do but we are getting stronger.

On whether a midfield without Eugene lacked sting…

No, I thought our midfield did very well. Eugene had a knock and we could have risked him but we looked to our bench and felt we had enough. We showed faith in young Zuala and Shankar and they showed great desire. In fact, we started with three under-22 players and two of our subs (Ranjan and Udanta) which means we had five under-22s players. Most teams, including East Bengal, take their under-22 players off which shows they don’t have young sides. But we are showing that we do things correctly.

On what was another solid performance by John Johnson and Curtis Osano in the centre of defence…

A couple of days before the game I read an interview given by East Bengal’s assistant coach where he said our central defenders were the weakest link of the BFC side. Obviously he doesn’t do his homework. He also said the two (John and Curtis) were slow when Curtis is, by far, the fastest central defender in the League. Maybe East Bengal need to look at their staff.

A word on Amrinder Singh’s man-of-the-match performance…

Amrinder was safe. He made the big catches, pulled off a fantastic save off the free-kick and did exactly what we thought he could do, which is why we signed him. It’s hard to single out the man-of-the-match, for me. Kim and Thoi worked really hard, the central defenders were solid and Chhuantea kept Do Dong quiet through the game – something not too many defenders can do given his pace. The team had some great work ethic right across and for me, all deserve the credit.

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