I-League: Sloppy Gokulam retained by tough TRAU

KOZHIKODE: Santiago Varela talked about the deception before the game. He had refused to accept TRAU According to reports, under pressure after the dismissal of his head coach Dimitris Dimitriou last week for accusations of match-fixing that potentially derailed his project that was in the song with four victories in the trot, like a push.

the Gokulam el entrenador en jefe había advertido a sus muchachos, al menos esa es la impresión que le dio a the medios, acerca de cómo creer que sus oponentes para el domingo I-League the encounter could be jaded by their tribulations can be complicated.

the Argentine, however, wouldn't have wished for his profecy to come true, as it did following a 1-1 draw at the Corporation Stadium here. Krishnananda Singh equalized in the 51st minute for the visitors after Gokulam had led through Henry Kisekka in the 22nd minute

It was as much a tale of persistence from a TRAU perspective as it was a saga of opportunities that were wasted by Gokulam.

We played to a plan and it worked, said L Nandakumar Singh, TRAU technical director who has been made in-charge following the exit of Dimitriou.

Les dije a the muchachos que defendieran en la primera mitad y no les dejé anotar (más). En la segunda mitad llegamos con la idea de evitar que sus atacantes recibieran el balón y luego jugamos en el mostrador, dijo un alegre Nandakumar. después del partido.

the visitors had barged out of their cocoon in the second half after appearing tired until then. the key was a subtle change in personnel shortly after restart. Joseph Mayowa He replaced Naocha Singh and the newcomer arrived with a spring in his footsteps.

the Niger striker outpaced a leggy Muirang and flung in a delicious low cross. Emeka and Krishnananda combined to put Ubaid under pressure and the latter, on a third attempt, poked it home.

the visitors played all their substitutions perfectly. Just like Mayowa, Tonmoy Ghosh, who replaced a belligerent Denechandram Meitei and Joel sunday , who entered by the scorer, complements his efforts.

Tonmoy reinforced the defense with Uche while on Sunday, he kept Irshad immobilized in his middle and almost won it at the last minute when he shot from range and narrowly.

We spent our energies attacking in the first half and they preserved theirs, said Gokulam head coach Varela after the match.

Varela, however, was furious about a possible penalty that was rejected. He claimed that the fourth officer had admitted full time that Marcus should have had a penalty in the second half.

That said, the hosts were profligate. the front duo of Marcus joseph and Henry Kisekka were off color. Nathaniel Garcia was flashy but failed to combine with his strikers.

Even the goal that Kisekka managed to poke in, from a Marcus cross that was poorly dealt with by the TRAU defense, was unconvincing. Joseph would hit the bar late in the match and Amiri would miss an open chance to win it but it just wouldn't go in. As for TRAU, they had traveled farthest possible from home in the league, and earned themselves a lifeline.