NorthEast United FC's winless run in the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) season continued as they were held by Bengaluru FC 1-1 at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco. The Highlanders have now failed to register a victory in their last seven matches.
NorthEast United FC's head coach Gerard Nus was missing from the touchline as he was suspended. The referee brandished a second yellow card to him this season in the team's last match. Former Shillong Lajong coach Alison Kharsyntiew took charge of the proceedings in his absence.
NorthEast United FC were leading the match 1-0, courtesy of a goal from Luis Machado. However, their goalkeeper Gurmeet Singh committed a howler in the 50th minute to gift Bengaluru FC an equaliser.
Rahul Bheke took a shot from distance and the ball squeezed in through the gap between the young keeper's left arm and midriff to bulge the back of the net.
"We were leading by one goal, but mistakes happen sometimes. But, we did well throughout the game. It was just one mistake and, we hope that he (Gurmeet Singh) learns from it and improves in the next game," Alison said.
"We should not be making individual errors at this level. But, we need to learn from it. At this level, if you make individual errors, it might cost you three points," he further added.
"Playing against Bengaluru FC is not easy, one point is good enough for us," says NorthEast United FC's Alison Kharsyntiew
Despite the draw, Alison was satisfied with the performance of NorthEast United FC. They went toe-to-toe with former champions Bengaluru FC and came close to securing a win.
"Our objective was to get three points. But, playing against Bengaluru FC is not easy, so one point is good enough for us. This will keep the positive energy in the team and help us carry it on to the next game," said the assistant coach.
NorthEast United FC's next assignment is an encounter against fifth-placed Jamshedpur FC unit. The two teams will face each other at the same venue on Sunday.Published 13 Jan 2021, 09:00 IST