Vastavam web: Plagued by injuries, former champions Mohun Bagan will look to continue their winning run when they face Shillong Lajong FC in a fourth round encounter at the Salt Lake Stadium, here tomorrow.Having held by Minerva by a last-minute equaliser in the season opener, Mohun Bagan have bounced back in style with a derby win followed by a 5-0 thrashing of Churchill Brothers at Barasat.Japanese Yuta Kinowaki (collarbone) has been ruled out for about a month with Arijit Bagui also on the injured list.
Sony Norde and Ansumana Kromah still have hopes of making it into the squad despite training through pain on the eve of the game.”Lawrence (Doe) is my senior player. When he started playing I was small. He left the country as his style was not liked by national coach. He is an idol,” Kromah commented on his fellow Liberian.Gurjinder Kumar and Shilton D’Silva will look to reprise their roles as Nikhil Kadam has been kept as standby to Norde.
After opening his Mohun Bagan account with a brace, the spotlight will be on Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka who welcomes his old side as he steps out onto the pitch to play against the team he won the Golden Boot last season with 11 goals for the Reds.Praise for the young team came from the opposition camp through Sen who said:”Lajong’s 1-5 defeat is not an advantage for us. We need to be cautious and look for three points.”
Lajong head coach Bobby Nongbet felt the pressure riding on his head.”It’s a bit of pressure for us against Mohun Bagan considering how they played against Churchill. In the last match, we conceded two early goals in first and second half which made difficult to come back.Lawrence, who spoke on the eve of the game returned the compliments by Kromah and also praised the 2015 Hero I-League champions.”For me, Kromah is the most dangerous player. But all are good; they are a very good side. I respect Sony too — he is a very good player. For me, no team is different. They are a big team. They are very good we respect them,” he said.Only one point separates the two teams and it will be the Mariners who will be licking their lips to jump back into pole position by securing three points from the matchup.