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Mariners face Minerva Punjab FC challenge

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The winless run broken, will look to continue the momentum when they take on Minerva FC in their penultimate Hero home game here tomorrow.

The Green and Maroons are high on confidence after finally scoring in a game from open play after four matches.

Sankar Lal Chakraborty, who is only a game old in his new position, will be looking to lift his side from mid-table incongruity.

"We are trying hard to do well but unfortunately that's not happening. No one wants to lose or draw but it happens. The big teams, who are title contenders, will never want this bad patch to continue. We have promised to come back soon," said Chakraborty.

With league leaders East Bengal dropping points the other night, can ill-afford to take any chances against Minerva FC, who looked like the runaway favourites for the title when the season began.

Norde is still nursing his but the focus will be on Cameron who played the full 90 minutes on Sunday against Aizawl FC in a 2-0 win but looked well short of full match fitness.

scored but question marks have been pointed on Ansumana Kromah's capability to complement the Cameroonian. However, the Liberian suggests that he prefers a more forward role than he is being given at the club.

stated, "In the last game, the second half was more open. After the first 20 minutes of the first half, all the boys started to play better. I have just joined the side, slowly getting along with the other players.

"We got the result last game and we have to continue that result. We have to get three points every week. It's nothing to get excited about.

"Our whole team, in general, is very good. It took us 15 -20 minutes to settle but then we played well. Raynier (Fernandes) in the middle with me was exceptional. He had a very good game, very energetic, very "

On the other hand, Minerva FC replied well with a slender 1-0 victory over at Gokulam over the weekend after they lost their first game of the season at the home of the defending champions Aizawl FC prior.

Having played a game less and three points ahead, the Warriors from will be hoping for a repeat of the 1-1 draw in the corresponding fixture coincidentally the season opener, if not for a win at least.

"We have immense respect for They are an old club and at home, they are a good side. They have a very good attack and we have to be cautious. Our target is to win the league. We want to be champions. It is a long journey. We have to avoid bad results," Khogen Singh, the said on the eve of the game.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 19:06 IST