I-League: Churchill eager for first win

Churchill Brothers faces East Bengal at Tilak Maidan after having two defeats in the I-League season so far.

Trevor Morgan, coach of East Bengal, is confident his team can play an attacking game against Churchill Brothers on Wednesday.   -  H. Vibhu

Churchill Brothers will be eager to garner full points for the first time in the season when it locks horns with East Bengal in the hero I-League here on Wednesday. Churchill Brothers goes into the fixture at Tilak Maidan having suffered two defeats.

After an opening round loss to Mohun Bagan, it looked set to collect a point against Mumbai FC until substitute Karan Sawhney scored the winner in injury time for the visitor. Churchill Brothers had taken an early lead through Brandan Fernandes’ free kick but failed to defend it, allowing Mumbai FC to dictate terms in the midfield.

Its midfield lacked vision as a result and it failed to penetrate the rival defence. Trinidad and Tobago striker Anthony Wolfe, from whom a lot was expected, did little for his team and was left stranded upfront.

Defenders Fulganco Cardozo and Richard Costa are set to play their first match and it will be a big boost for the team, which is still looking for its first win in front of its home crowd.

Churchill’s coach Alfred Fernandes hopes his team gets its act together quickly. “I am happy [with] the way the team played in the last matches except for the finishing which has let us down and [on Wednesday] I hope Anthony Wolfe [gets] his act right in front of the goal,” stated Fernandes.

'Room for improvement'

East Bengal, which is entering the game following a win against DSK Shivajians after its opening draw against Aizwal FC, is placed fourth with as many points.

East Bengal’s coach Trevor Morgan is happy with the way his team has played so far.

“There is room for improvement and do better as the league goes on. The boys are motivated to play attacking game and are looking to win [on Wednesday] against Churchill Brothers whose morale is a bit down after their two consecutive defeats. I expect a good contest and hopefully our boys will give their best and win [on Wednesday],” said Morgan.

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