ISL 2019-20: Hyderabad FC set for NEUFC challenge at home

Hyderabad FC head coach Phil Brown is confident of good show against NorthEast United before heading into the long international break.

Hyderabad FC head coach Phil Brown and star player Marko Stankovic in Hyderabad on Tuesday.   -  K.V.S. GIRI


Hyderabad FC will focus on the available bench strength and not ponder on the injury concerns when it takes on NorthEast United FC at GMC Balayogi Stadium in Gachibowli here on Wednesday.

After losing the first two games, Hyderabad discovered the winning formula against Kerala Blasters (2-1) in its first home fixture. “The brand of football my boys displayed in the second-half against Kerala after being down 0-1 at the break was really a coach’s delight. The spirit and determination to win was something to be proud of,” said head coach Phil Brown.

“We are aware that NEUFC plays a different style of football, more disciplined and organised and has Asamoah Gyan, who can win matches on his own. We may have to change the formations but we are confident,” he said.

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“NEUFC being unbeaten so far will have no effect on us. It is going to be a different kind of challenge for both the teams and we will be pleased to pick full points before going for the long international break in the ISL with six points from four matches,” said Brown in the presence of star midfielder Marko Stankovic whom he described as ‘colossus’.

Stankovic — who converted a penalty in the previous game to level the scores and then played a key role in Hyderabad winning the game against Kerala — is hoping the crowd will back his team.

“It is so important to have them there. This is what football is all about, if you have the home crowd backing you, it will make a huge difference,” he said.

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