'Lack of match practice cost us'

'Lack of match practice cost us'

After missing a great chance to start their I-League journey on a victorious note, Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood said lack of match practice cost them a victory.

“We created a lot of chances today but lacked the bite in front of the goal,” rued Westwood after the 1-1 against Mohun Bagan. “I would blame it on lack of match practice. We began to piece together the squad after many players had already made their moves.

“We just had eight weeks out of which two went for fitness training. Both Sunil (Chhetri) and Robin (Singh) were busy with national duties and we just got around two weeks to work with them. That’s why, according to me, we lacked sharpness upfront.

“We defended well, created quite a good amount of chances and dominated well too. But, poor finishing let us down and we’ve got work to do.”

Englishman Westwood, who is used to seeing large crowds for most league matches back home, praised the good crowd turnout. “I’m really very happy with the crowd response. It’s always nice to play in front of good home support. I just hope they keep coming and supporting throughout the season.”

Bagan coach Karim Bencherifa felt the draw was a fair result. “Both of us had our moments to win the game. But I’m happy with the quality of football both of us played. I said it yesterday and I say it again today, Bengaluru FC are one of the dark horses.

“The league has just started and towards the end of the league, you guys may feel one point was a good result.”