A 90th minute goal by Felipe de Castro, cemented three points for NorthEast United, but shocked the D.Y Patil Stadium, as the underdogs beat the ‘title contenders’ 2-0. In a match of two contrasting halves, almost everything went wrong for the hosts in the second half.
““A lot of things conspired to go against us today. But I make no excuses, NorthEast United deserved to win,” said Peter Reid, at the post match press conference.
Mumbai finished the match with nine man on field, succumbing to a Freddie Ljungberg injury and a second yellow card to Pavel Cmvos.
““When you end up with nine men it’s always going to be difficult and tough. I’ve got no complaints against the referee. We made rash tackles today and paid the penalty.” Reid added.
After being brilliant infront of goal, in their 5-0 win against Pune, Mumbai were complacent in their attempt to breach the NorthEast defense, and lacked penetration.
“We didn’t play well today, we didn’t work their keeper, we didn’t create enough chances, our passing was not incisive. I thought we were a little bit impatient, whereas they were well-organised. They dropped back and they made it difficult; we just didn’t have the patience. But that’s football, we need to learn.” said Peter Reid
Giving credit, where due, Reid applauded the Center Back pairing of NorthEast, he explained, ““Their two center-backs, they are very experienced players, and then they tightened up the midfield and made it difficult for us,”
Meanwhile Freddie Ljungberg’s debut in the Super League, was cut-short, thanks to a hamstring injury.
“Freddie’s hamstring is gone and with my experience in football, tears in hamstrings are very difficult injuries and I don’t think it is good for us” Reid commented.
Lalridika Ralte, however points out to the fact, that football can be cruel. He says “We tried really hard to get the goal and we did create some really good chances, but we got a red card, Ljungberg went off injured and they scored 2 goals so, this is football, you never know what to expect.”while talking to the ISL Media Team
Mumbai City have now lost their second game of the season and sit at the fourth spot, a positing which can drastically change.