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I-League 2017: Mohun Bagan's Sanjoy Sen - We are still in the title race

Goal.com logo Goal.com 11-03-2017

Sanjoy Sen-led Mohun Bagan shared spills with defending champions Bengaluru FC on Saturday evening at the Kanteerava Stadium. The Kolkata giants were held to a goalless draw as Japenese professional Katsumi Yusa's goal was disallowed for the visiting side.

Talking about the result, gaffer Sen stated it was a decent outcome for The Mariners, especially considering the team was down to ten men 69th minute as Subhasish Bose saw a second yellow. Further, Sen revealed that his side excelled in the initial half but the hosts got the better of them in the latter.

''Ultimately when you look at the aim, considering we were reduced to ten men, it is a good result. We played better in the first half than in the second half. From the kick off of second half, they (Bengaluru FC) put pressure on us,'' discussed Sen.

The Bagan boss thought the defensive forces did a commendable job in stopping Bengaluru FC from captilazing on the chances. He disclosed that the Maroon and Green brigade's aim was to deny The Blues any action from the flanks, which they succeeded in executing.

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''They (Bengaluru FC) earned a number of corner kicks and free kicks, but we (Mohun Bagan) defended well. The positive thing (from the result) is our defense because in the last two matches we conceded goals,'' asserted Sen.

''Here (at Bengaluru), our target was to stop the wing play and the boys did well. Bengaluru (FC) didn’t get many chances except for (Eugeneson) Lyngdoh’s chance. They did put pressure, however, we sustained the pressure and defended well,'' he added.

In the 85th minute of the game, Katsumi Yusa's header header from a Sony Norde freekick was overturned after referee CR Srikrishna adjudged him to having fouled Arindam Bhattacharya. Speaking of the incident, Sen claimed that he is unaware of the reasons for the dismissal.

''I don’t know why the goal was disallowed. After the goal was scored, the linesman put up the flag. There is no use of complaining. Those who saw the match they are the greater person to say,'' he cleared.

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Yet another controversy of the tie was when Subashish Bose was given the referee's marching orders. The 21-year-old stamped on Udanta Singh's boot which was well spotted by the official. This resulted in the left-back being awarded his second yellow during the next stoppage. On being asked to opine about the decision, Sen remarked, ''I don’t know what to comment because I was sitting too far. I have to talk with Subashish to know what he had done. You can’t help it, the referee was close to him (Subashish Bose), may be he’s the ultimate decision maker.''

Kanteerava will host the two sides again in three days on the occasion of AFC Cup clash, on 14th March. The ex-Prayag United manager proclaimed that the Kolkata outfit are yet to map out for the encounter. Moreover, Sen seemed confident on being alive in the title competition despite the goalless affair in south India.

''We haven’t thought of the AFC Cup yet. When we go back to the hotel, we will chalk out a plan. As far as I-League is concerned, Aizawl FC drew, so the position of us remains the same because we played two matches less than other teams. East Bengal also play tomorrow, I still feel we are in the race (for the title),'' he concluded.

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