The East Bengal coach backed Anthony Pilkington despite a penalty kick in the first minute of the match…
East Bengal failed to gain the upper hand over a 10-man FC Goa side as they drew 1-1 in an Indian Super League (ISL) clash on Friday at Fatorda Stadium from Goa.
The Rouge et Or dominated the proceedings in the second half and also had the advantage over the man after Goa skipper Edu Bedia was sent off in the 65th minute, but failed to earn all three points.
Coach Robbie Fowler was understandably frustrated and pointed out that his team had been unlucky for two games in a row.
“We were extremely unlucky. We are a team that has improved considerably. In terms of performance, in the second half of the game and in the last game against Mumbai City, we were exceptional.
“We’ve played Goa twice now, who are championship stage winners last year, and we should have beaten them twice. It shows how good we’ve been and how good we can be. They (the players) have the attitude we want. like the coaching staff, ”said the England coach.
Irish striker Anthony Pilkington had a golden opportunity to put his side in the lead in the first minute of the game when opposing defender Mohamed Ali knocked Narayan Das into the box. But the former Norwich City player failed to convert the kick.
However, Fowler refused to take it out on the player and supported him as the team’s designated penalty shooter.
“(Anthony) Pilkington is our penalty taker,” said the East Bengal coach. “Obviously Bright (Enobakhare) will be the penalty taker when Pilkington is not playing. Do not tempt any player for missing a penalty. All the greats of the game missed the penalties. Pilkington was our designated man. ”
The former Brisbane coach Roar seized the missed opportunities but felt that creating those scoring chances was a major asset for his team.
“The downside is that we didn’t win the game. We dominated the game and had a lot of chances but couldn’t get the ball in the net. There are a lot of positives for us for the next games and we didn’t score but we had a lot of chances. “
The British coach was in no mood to give up the fight for a play-off spot as he was hopeful the Red and Golds will start to deliver the results.
“There have been a lot of draws in us and around us. We are five or six points behind. Until it is mathematically impossible to get it, we will keep working and I think we will get results. We are a team capable of delivering results. We can play a little better. There is a lot to play, a lot of points, but there are other teams in and around us who will think the same, ”concluded Fowler.