Mohun Bagan eyes top spot with win over Lajong

Mohun Bagan, with a game in hand over surprise leaders Aizawl FC (30 points), is on 29 points from 14 outings. Lajong, on the other hand, is fourth in the table with 23 points from 14 games.

Daryl Duffy has been prolific for Mohun Bagan this season scoring seven goals.   -  K. Murali Kumar

 

High on confidence after its 2-1 win over arch-rivals East Bengal, Mohun Bagan will look to moving to the top of the points table when it takes on Shillong Lajong in an I-League football encounter in Shillong on Wednesday.

Bagan, with a game in hand over surprise leaders Aizawl FC (30 points), is on 29 points from 14 outings. The 2014-15 champions put in a dominant performance against East Bengal in the weekend with Haitian star player Sony Norde and young forward Azharuddin Mallick scoring two great goals. East Bengal is third with 27 points from 15 matches.

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Lajong, on the other hand, is fourth in the table (23 points from 14 games) having registered a morale-boosting 3-2 win against DSK Shivajians in its last match.

“Tomorrow we have to play much better than what we did against DSK. I am disappointed that we let in two goals after being 2-0 up. Mohun Bagan are competing for the championship and Shillong Lajong are trying to get higher in the points table. It will be a tough match but we will give our best,” Lajong coach Thangboi Singto told reporters on the eve of the tie.

The last time the two sides met, Bagan ran out as 2-0 winners with Darryl Duffy netting a brace.

Daryl Duffy has been prolific for Bagan this season scoring seven goals. Dipanda Dicka of Lajong is the highest scorer in the league with nine goals to his name and Bagan would be wary of the Cameroon striker.

Lajong lost its last home game to East Bengal at home but it has won four matches in its own lair so far.

Bagan’s away form haven’t been too good with reversals to giant killers Churchill Brothers and a goalless draw against Bengaluru FC being its previous results. The Sanjoy Sen coached side has won just one tie on the road.

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