I-League: Shillong seeks back-to-back wins

While Shillong seeks its second straight win, Churchill will look to kick off its I-League campaign with a win.

Action from the I-League encounter between Shillong Lajong and Gokulam FC on Monday.   -  Special Arrangement

Having begun its I-League campaign with a win, Shillong Lajong will look to secure a second win when it takes on Churchill Brothers in its second home fixture here tomorrow (December 2).

Lajong beat I-League debutant Gokulam Kerala FC 1-0 on November 27 in its opening match, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Despite the win, assistant coach Alison was not impressed with the performance of his players.

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“It was good football but not attractive football (in the first match). For the next match, I expect my boys to play better and focus more on attacking,” Alison said.

He said his boys have gained confidence after the first win and have been training hard to make it back-to-back wins in their opening two home fixtures.

“After the win on Monday, the boys have gained more confidence. But now our main focus is the next match against Churchill. The boys have recovered well from the first match and we have been training hard. We are ready for our second home match,” Alison added.

Churchill will be playing its opening match and for the newly-appointed head coach Shevchenko, tomorrow’s match will be his first.

Asked about his strategy against the home team, Shevchenko preferred not to disclose many details and stated that his team will get better as this season progresses.

“We have not had too much time to prepare as the foreigners arrived late but for the Indian players, the preparation has been good,” Shevchenko said. “It is a fresh team and we will get better game by game,” he added.

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