The game could have gone either way -- Platt

"Tonight it was important for us to get three points and we did. Our second half performance was like we did against Mumbai," Platt said, later.

FC Pune City coach, David Platt, at the press conference.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

David Platt would have no reason to complain with his team FC Pune City picking up three more points from a second win in the Indian Super League on Friday. An accidental deflection off his head by North East United FC’s Zohmingliana Ralte into his own goal in the 73rd minute put the home team ahead at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium. “I have seen 7-8 games now. We’ve been involved in two. Every game I’ve seen, it’s tough for teams to defend. I think we could have conceded, but we didn't. We defended well and we got a goal. The game could have gone either way but I wouldn't say we were lucky.”

Platt said that his team created problems for itself. “We made strange decisions clearing the ball. It’s going to be difficult to dominate possession. As I am watching games, I’m starting to learn more about what is required. All games will be tight. Games swing. Our interest is to score more than the opposition.”

The former England midfielder said that his team doesn’t have injury issues. “We have zero injuries at the moment. We believe that we have a big group of players that can play in the first XI. We believed it was important to introduce some fresh legs, hence the five changes. All five came in and did exceptionally well. We have an excellent team spirit since everyone knows they’re important to the squad and are needed. We’ve still got four more players who have not played. Tonight it was important for us to get three points and we did. Our second half performance was like we did against Mumbai.”

A disappointed NorthEast United coach Cesar Farias said: “It was a big game. We did not make our chances count. The team looked to keep the ball and attack. We had a strong defence. I liked my team’s play. Unfortunately we didn’t get the result, but if we play like this, we will get the result. Of course, losing hurts.’’

Furthermore he said: “What I saw in the locker room after the game was pain. I told the players that the team is doing well. The guys we have here are full of energy. Now it’s our turn to be strong at home. We have few days to get healthier and get better. Despite adversities, we have played two good games. Losing by an own goal is about luck sometimes.’’

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