Roca’s frantic tactical change to counter East Bengal’s play was a testament to Morgan’s shrewd planning
identified East Bengal’s potential vulnerabilities, but as the match went on it was evident that Morgan had also done his homework. Udanta Singh caused Ivan Bukenya trouble with his raw pace, barging into the box past the Ugandan defender whose big weakness is a lack of speed. Fluid onetwos from the flanks helped them open up space with fullbacks Robert and Robin Gurung getting caught out of position.
However, the midfield grew into the game. Wedson’s ability to take on players was a big factor for the visitors. Former BFC striker Robin Singh emerged as the hero before fans who once wanted him to score. His prowess in playing the number nine role was again evident as he won aerial duels against Sandesh Jhingan and Juanan, besides getting the better of Sena Ralte for the second goal.
With Wedson suffering a groin injury, Morgan may need to tinker with his line-up once again for the next match. Among all the coaches in the league, he has been provided the least margin of error. However, he continues to keep the dream for a title alive.