I-League: DSK hosts Minerva Punjab FC

Host DSK is looking to bounce back after 3 consecutive defeats.

DSK’s Assistant Manager John Andrews, who spoke to the media in the absence of Dave Rogers was confident of a good display of football from their side.   -  AIFF Media

Seventh placed DSK Shivajians FC hosts bottom-placed Minerva Punjab FC at Balewadi Stadium, Pune tomorrow in their last Hero I-League game of the season. The reverse fixture ended in a 0-0 stalemate back in February.

Host DSK is looking to bounce back after 3 consecutive defeats. After a 5-0 big win over Mumbai FC in Maha Derby before the International break, it lost out to Shillong Lajong, East Bengal and suffered a seven goal drubbing by Bengaluru FC. Dave Rogers, Head Coach of the Pune-based side, would look to end this campaign on a high for his young developmental squad.

Travelling side Minerva Punjab is also on a bad patch at home. In their last 5 games at Guru Nanak Stadium, they managed just 1 point. The team’s last game, away at East Bengal, ended in a 3-1 defeat. This has resulted in them in being rock bottom at 10th place but “corporate entry scheme” will save them from relegation though. Owner/manager Ranjit Bajaj and Head Coach Surinder Singh will be searching for their first win since February.

DSK’s Assistant Manager John Andrews, who spoke to the media in the absence of Dave Rogers was confident of a good display of football from their side, “We are realistic and want to qualify for the Federation Cup, we know Minerva is a good side and we have to play well to match them.”

MInerva’s Surinder Singh updated us with his team news,”We lost our momentum in the last few games, we need to bounce back and end this campaign on a high so that we come back stronger in the next season and learn from our first experience of the I-League.”

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