It was very important to win this game and change the dynamic: Cuadrat

The Boss Discusses A Massive Win, Gameplan Against Goa And Substitutions…

On bouncing back after two defeats…

We have been winning a lot of games as well, but there has been talk only about the two games that we have lost. There are still some games to be played in the League, so anything can happen. But if we would’ve lost this game, we would’ve been very far away for the fight for the ACL spot. So, it was very important to win this game and also to get back those kinds of moments for the supporters at the Fortress. It has been a difficult year, where in at some stages of the games that we could’ve gotten the points and suddenly one action here and there took it all away. So, it was important to give that kind of happiness to the supporters and to get the three points in the last minutes to change a little bit of the dynamic.

On Onwu coming on in the second half and then being subbed later…

We spoke about that at the half time. I brought him on because we needed someone to control the possession and Manu is better at that than Semboi, who is well-suited for another kind of job. I wanted to put Sunil on the left side because that is his natural side, and he was suffering a lot with two central defenders who were foreigners. So, I had a conversation with Manu, and I told him that it has been two months without playing, and maybe if he didn’t arrive well to the end of the game, I might have to substitute him again. He said that he is here to help the team and agreed with the plan, so it was not a problem. He did his best, and I think he was working a lot in the 30-odd minutes that he was on the pitch.

On getting the result, despite Goa’s dominance on possession…

I think Goa is a very good team, you would agree with that. They play very good football but it is football at the end, and we have also been in positions where we have had a lot of possession, and more chances, but we didn’t get the points. So at the end it is a fight in which every team is trying to take advantage of their strengths.

On Ashique’s injury…

Ashique has been down with a fever during this week and at that moment he had massive cramps in both legs. He had cramps in the calves, hamstrings and quadriceps and he completely collapsed. I am sorry but I cannot understand how the referee has continued play when a guy, with a health risk in front of us, is screaming because he has completely collapsed? Sorry we are football professionals; we know the game and it cannot happen. If they have to give 8 extra minutes, please give 8 minutes, if they have to give 10 minutes, give 10 minutes.

On Udanta’s substitution…

He is a great player and he has to give a lot to the team. He is player who is also playing with the national team. All the challenges he had today, he lost. In attack, I’d asked him to go, 1v1, to just run forward. Today, he was not at the level that he can give the team, so I made the decision of changing him to get another solution.