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Gokulam Kerala Look for first win at home against Lajong

Press Trust of India  |  Kozhikode 

Gokulam Kerala will be eyeing their elusive win in the campaign, when they take on Meghalaya's Shillong Lajong at home on Sunday.

Both the sides have played three matches so far with Gokulam on two and Shillong on three points respectively.

While Shillong won their opening game at home in an impressive display against Aizawl, they were humbled by Quess East Bengal and the Indian Arrows thereafter.

What will worry more, is the way his side travelled to hot and humid Cuttack to go down to the Arrows, with similar weather expected in India's southernmost state.

Bino George, the Gokulam coach, on the other hand, will be more positive given their display in the last game against Chennai.

Although Gokulam went down at home in the Southern Derby, it was a thrilling five-goal affair, where both teams competed on an even keel and at a high tempo.

Gokulam have scored in every game they have played so far and Bino has used his forward line pretty smartly with the likes of Baoringdao Bodo, and Grenadian all finding themselves on the scoresheet.

Rajesh S has been a revelation, mostly coming on as a substitute and catalysing the attack and the talented has also turned in good performances and also has a goal to his credit.

Shibinraj in goal has been solid and so has the defence, however, Bino revealed in the pre-match chat that Ugandan Mudde Musa, who has been far less effective this year, will not be available on Sunday and will be replaced by Rasheed, who according to him "is an and has scored goals last season."

Bino also shared,"Shillong is a young side and we respect them. We will work hard on our mistakes and try to rectify them. We will check their game plan and accordingly work on ours."

Shillong has gone in with a homegrown all Indian side of youngsters this year led by

However, the likes of and have not been able to produce the kind of performance they did in the opener against Aizawl and will have to pull their socks up if Shillong takes anything away from Sunday's game.

Sharing his thoughts before the game, coach Alison said,"We are ready to face Gokulam, but we need to work harder on our weaknesses. In our last two games against East Bengal and Arrows, we lacked in finishing.

"Our main motto for tomorrow will be to be more focused, perform well and score more goals."

Alluding to the conditions, he said,"The weather won't be an issue if we concentrate on our game."

Rakesh Pradhan, Shillong's left wing-back has been their most consistent performer so far, with telling overlaps and crosses from the left flank is a regular feature, but he will need more support.

Chalieu, in goal, will also have to tighten up a bit more, as do young defenders and who have been patchy.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 16:35 IST