Ashley Westwood: It was a hard fought win

Bengaluru F.C picked up their third win on the trot with a 2-0 win over Shillong Lajong. However, despite goals from Robin and Thoi Singh, controversy engulfed the fixture as Curtis Osano was sent off for a soft challenge on Cornell Glenn. That said, here is what Bengaluru F.C manager Ashley Westwood had to say in the post match press conference.


Ashley Westood addresses the media following Bengaluru F.C’s 2-0 win over Shillong Lajong

Interviewer: Shankar Sampingiraj had an amazing debut game in defence. Will we see him feature in future matches? He has been seen playing in midfield as well. What is his best position?

Ashley Westwood: Shankar has been with us for a long time now. He is a boy with tremendous potential and desire and hunger as well. He also has been knocking on the door for a long time now and that is why I gave him a start. I cannot tell you whether he will feature in the games to come since that depends on fitness, injuries and match-readiness of players. But at the moment, I am very pleased with him.

Interviewer: What is your assessment of the match?

Ashley Westwood: It was a hard fought win. I felt that we didn’t take the chances created early on and we should have been at least two or three up at half time. In the second half, we were reduced to 10 men, but our spirit did not waver. We played our game, we kept and passed the ball very well. The defence too I feel had a good game. We scored two goals, both headers from Robin and Thoi and it was important to secure three points.

Interviewer: Josh Walker and Eugeneson Lyngdoh have been midfield mainstays this season. Will we see someone like Darren Caldeira and Shankar Sampingiraj feature in midfield in the future?

Ashley Westwood: At the moment, as a manager, I have to pick my best midfielders and Eugene and Josh are my best midfielders. It is healty competition for places going on in the team. I will certainly use Darren when he is required since he is a quality player. However, at the moment, I am picking my best midfield. And not to forget, Siam Hanghal too is in contention for a place in the midfield. The competition for places is indeed very healthy.

Interviewer: What is your opinion on the Curtis Osano red card?

Ashley Westwood: From where I saw it, he (Curtis Osano) tugged the shirt of Cornell Glenn. It was a clear foul, no doubt about it. However, I feel that a red card was a bit harsh on Curtis and I feel that a yellow card was appropriate. But at the end of the day, it was the referee’s decision and nothing can change that.

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