NorthEast United stunned high flying Mumbai City FC, as they beat hosts, Mumbai 2 goals to nil. Ricki Herbert who came into the fixture, promising attacking football, from the highlanders, delivered his word.
“It was tough for us in the first 45 minutes and Mumbai City are also a huge side who were playing at home. But at the end of the day we were probably the better side. There is still a lot of work to do though,” Herbert said at the post-match press conference.
Felipe de Castro, who replaced the injured Issac Chansa, earned his fair share of praise as he put in a decent shift, providing cover and linking play. His work-rate was rewarded by a goal, deep into the second half.
““He was excellent in his debut for us against the Kerala Blasters. He’s a great boy and when he came on, he was brilliant,” commented Herbert
Ricki Herbert also justified his player rotation, or perhaps as he terms it player investment, he said ““I don’t like the word rotation. I call it an investment in the 26 players I have.”
Meanwhile the provider for the first goal, Koke, believed that the first goal can often lead to low morale, resulting in eventual defeat.
“I think it’s the most important thing in football – to get the first goal. After that, we knew what to do. We had that extra confidence from that goal and that’s how we got the second.” he said, while talking to the ISL Media Team
“I think they really pushed in the first half and tried really hard to score but I think we did well to keep the score goalless. We tried hard in the second half and got the goal and it’s the most important thing in football to score the goal.” he added
With Delhi Dynamos next, NorthEast United’s Koke hope to continue with this, winning form.
“Yeah, we needed to get a good result in our first away game and we won. So everyone is proud of us. We must continue this form in Delhi.”
“I think it’s important to win away from home because it’s not the same as winning at home. For us, it was imperative that we got the points and take this into the next game.” he concluded.
NorthEast United travel to the capital, to take on Delhi Dynamos on the 29th of October.