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I-League: Mohun Bagan look to sustain winning momentum

ANI | Updated: Dec 22, 2018 21:01 IST

Bidhannagar (Kolkata) [India], Dec 22 (ANI): Kolkata giants and former champions Mohun Bagan are eyeing to sustain their winning momentum when they take on a young Shillong Lajong here at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) on December 23.
Mohun Bagan shrugged off a Derby defeat to arch-rivals Quess East Bengal, registering an impressive victory against champions Minerva in their previous encounter. They are sixth on the table with 12 points from eight games and need more wins to pose a serious challenge to the title.
Reflecting on the same, Bagan's Coach Sankarlal Chakraborty said: "Winning the next match after the Derby has morally boosted us. Now, we are trying to maintain the winning momentum. We want three points to be in a good position on the league table."
"We have not won a single match at our home ground. This is one of our disadvantages. Luck was not in our favour when we played the other games. We hope to turn that around tomorrow," Chakraborty added.
On the other hand, Shillong look hardly capable of denying Bagan a win, given their defence haven't been able to perform up to the mark, letting an astounding 22 goals in their eight games so far.
Shillong's Coach Alison Kharsyntiew said: "Being honest, I am looking for development of these young players. The players have worked very hard and in some games have performed very well, but we are not winning games."
"In four or five games we were lacking defence so we are working very hard on it. We hope to improve against Mohun Bagan tomorrow. Playing against Mohun Bagan is always very tough but we are aiming for all three points," Kharsyntiew added.
It will certainly be Shillong's fragile and inexperienced defence against the likes of Mohun Bagan's strike force of Dipanda Dicka and Henry Kisekka. Given the attacking instincts of the two sides, one can expect a lot of goals from this one on December 23. (ANI)