Nothing achieved yet, focus on the next game: Roca

The Boss Discusses Win Over Highlanders, Tactical Changes And Leading The Pack At The Business End Of The League Campaign…

On the performance against a resurgent NorthEast side…

We knew how difficult it would be today to win against NorthEast. Even though they are not in a good place in the standings, they have some positive dynamics, so we knew it was going to be tough. They have a good physical side to their game with the defense along with some quick midfielders in Narzary and Len. They don’t deserve to be where they are in the standings now, maybe because they had a bad start to the season, but they will be much better until the end of the season.

On the penalty decision…

I couldn’t see it in that moment. Maybe we will need to see it again. It was that period in the game where we were dominating, so it was tough. But you can’t control these situations. It was difficult to come back from the goal, because it was right before the break. We talked about being a bit calmer in the second half, and not rush into tackles. Beyond that, it was just a question of pushing forward and trying to score again.

On tactical changes in the second half…

Edu missed a really good chance, a clear one in the first half when the score was 1-0. But at 1-1, we came out in the second half trying to push even harder. We were a bit lucky with our second goal, but we were defending well. With the goal, our hard work had paid off and it was now about taking advantage of the counter attacks. We were a little tired at that moment, and I think we didn’t produce too much. But we were good defensively, particularly Juanan and Johnson with clearing those crosses. We changed our system in the last ten minutes and saw out the game. At the end, I think it was a fair result.

On leading the standings at the business end of the season…

I know it’s important to follow the results of other teams as well. Chennaiyin and Pune too won this week and it’s just a difference of one or two points among us. It was very important to get a win today against a team which will earn some points in the next few games, because they are playing very well. We have to keep working hard and moving forward, just as we’ve done so far, because nothing has been achieved yet. There are six more games in the league phase, and we need to win at least three more to be in the top-four. Our focus is now on the next game.

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