After a humbling 4-2 loss at the hands of Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar FC manager Malcolm Thomson accepted that the Mariners are a much stronger side, and that he needs a few additions to his own squad.

“Defensively we struggled against a very very strong side. We knew they were strong, and they proved that right from the first minute of the game,” said Thomson, speaking to the media after the match.

However, Thomson did say that he was happy with the fact that his midfielders and attackers showed some good attacking play. The area that he seems to be worried about is the defence.

“As you can see, we play football. We pass the ball. We’re not scared to pass the ball,” he continued. “But defensively today, we struggled. Especially right through the middle. The two centrebacks in particular. Losing the first goal from a long throw. Karanjit is a great goalkeeper, but obviously he dropped the ball, and they scored. Then we gave away the penalty kick. I think the Mohun Bagan strikers were a lot stronger,” said Thomson.

Salgaocar still building their squad

The general notion from Thomson’s side seems to be the fact that he is still looking to add a few key players to his squad, in order to improve on certain areas. Thomson made it amply clear that defence is an area where the Goan club most definately need to improve upon.

“We’re looking to add to the squad. We’ve been doing that for the mast month, and we’ll add to the squad, and we’ll come back strong,” said Thomson.

As opposed to their rivals, Salgaocar were playing with just one foreign player – striker Darryl Duffy. If sources are to be believed a foreign defender from Zambia may join the club while the presence of Martin Scot and Calvin Mbarga will take the pressure of Darryl and add steel to the attack and the midfield.