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    Upbeat Shillong Lajong take on Salgaocar

    Shillong: A confident Shillong Lajong Football Club aim to carry on the momentum when they take on Federation Cup semi-finalists Salgaocar in the second round of the I-League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex on Friday. The Goan outfit who had suffered a defeat at the hands of United Sikkim in their first match stay aware about the significance of the match. One more slip-up and despite the league being a marathon one, they will have to play catch-up.

    "I wanted to go back home with at least four points from the first two matches but the defeat in Sikkim has come as a frustration and we will go all out to win the match," said Salgaocar coach Karim Bencherifa.

    "The boys are home sick as they have been away from home for the past 20 days. First we played in Jamshedpur in the Federation Cup and from there we shifted to Siliguri. And even as most teams went back to their respective places after the Federation Cup, we moved directly to Gangtok," he added. "Lajong are a good side who play a physical game," he concluded.

    The home side will bank on the home support. The weather will also play a major role in their favour. Coach Desmond Bulpin stays hopeful the players will repeat their inaugural day performance.

    "The boys are fit and I am sure they will put a good show in the same manner they played against Mohun Bagan," he said.