I-League: Churchill looks to carry on winning momentum against Lajong

On a roll after three successive wins, rejuvenated Churchill Brothers will look to carry forward the momentum when it takes on Shillong Lajong in its Hero I-League match here tomorrow.

Churchill is on a three match unbeaten run, and defeated East Bengal in its last encounter.   -  AIFF Media

On a roll after three successive wins, rejuvenated Churchill Brothers will look to carry forward the momentum when it takes on Shillong Lajong in its Hero I-League match here tomorrow.

Ever since Derrick Pereira took over the reign in the second leg from assistant coach Alfred Fernandes, the team has won three back-to-back matches to move out of the relegation zone.

It now has 15 points from 13 matches and is placed sixth in the table.

On the other hand Shillong Lajong, who has played one match less than Churchill Brothers, has 19 points and is occupying the fourth spot.

Churchill Brothers coach is happy with the way his boys have responded to his strategy.

“Now we have to remain consistent and keep ourselves focussed and keep on winning matches. Now that we have come out of the relegation, we need to win matches to make sure that we keep ourselves out of the relegation, which has been our first priority. Our ultimate aim is to finish as high as possible,” said Pereira.

“We have lost against Lajong in the away match but now we are playing at home and have the advantage. Earlier in the first phase, we lost matches to remain at the bottom mainly because we lacked the understanding, but now we are playing as a team and if we keep on playing the same way, I am confident we will win tomorrow,” he added.

Lajong coach Thongboi Singto said Churchill Brothers was not the same team that it had beaten at home.

“Under the new coach, they are a transformed side and have the advantage of playing at home. We need to play our best if we are to win tomorrow. I am expecting a close fight and hopefully we win to keep ourselves among the top four,” said Singto.