NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) drew with the ISL table topper Mumbai City FC and head coach Khalid Jamil was pleased with his team’s overall performance.
Both the sides scored 3 goals each in a match played at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on December 27.
Deshorn Brown scored in the 29th, 56th, and 80th minute for the Highlanders, whereas Igor Angulo (33rd, 52nd) and Bipin Singh (40th) found the back of the net for the defending champions. Both teams pushed for the winner but were unable to bag all three points.
On Deshorn Brown who scored a hat-trick, Jamil said that Jamaican has been an important part of the team.
“Yes, talking about Brown, he came to us last year and from then he’s been an important part of the team. This time also coming after an injury he and Mathias Coureur combined very well. Matthias also did a good job. I should mention Sehnaj Singh and Pragyan Gogoi, both have done a good job today in the centre,” the head coach said.
Though other players failed to score, the 44-tactician is not much worried. He said that the others too are equally contributing.
“Everybody is working hard. Talking about the goals which he (Brown) scored, I think even Matthias played a crucial role in those goals. Imran Khan came in and he also did a good job. Patrick Flottmann and Hernan Santana defensively were good,” Jamil opined.
On Imran Khan who played a pivotal role in the NorthEast midfield: “Yeah, he’s working hard. He also missed the start of the season. We missed him. And he came back. And today we changed his role. We told him to play wide just to supply for Brown. So looking at the overall performance of the team, it was good today.”