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ISL 2019 | Karanjit Singh took away the win from Kerala Blaster, says David James

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ISL 2019 | Karanjit Singh took away the win from Kerala Blaster, says David James

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10/06/2018

While praising his team for their performance against Mumbai City, David James credited MCFC keeper Karanjit Singh for the draw in yesterday's game. Kerala took an early lead through Halicharan Narzary but a string of brilliant saves from Karanjit ensured Pranjal's late goal earned them a point.

Kerala Blasters FC sadly failed to note back-to-back victories at the start of the 2018-19 season, as Pranjal Bhumij’sinjury time stunner for Mumbai City FC ensured the match ended 1-1 at Kochi. However, the result meant that the Blasters now occupy the top spot on the league standings on goal difference. 

“First of all, the feeling is one of disappointment that we didn’t take three points. The quality of the strike has to be admired. As you can see in the second half, they had a lot of shots from distance. It is the sort of goal that heroes are made of. We controlled the game, but we were a bit scrappy in the second half. It cost us two points. But my players have to learn that they can’t switch off during the last stages of the match,” he spoke at the post-match conference.

“He’s wonderfully creative. He showed that in the first half against ATK. Today, he displayed little bits of skill which excited us. He showed a bit of fatigue because it was a tough game, but he is a wonderful prospect.”

“One point is one point. We cannot forget that we had only 48 hours to recover. We created a lot of opportunities to score. It was a wonderful goal. I am happy with the players because they worked a lot,” James added. 

Talking about Bhumij, Costa admitted that he expected the youngster to make an impact when he was brought on to the pitch.

“This is my job to take risks. The responsibility for the changes lies with me. I think I know what I am doing because I am with the players every day. I know his potential. He is a young player, but with confidence, he can help us a lot. I expected him to score, to be honest.”

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