Lajong aim to make five wins in a row against DSK Shivajians (Preview)

Shillong, Feb 10 (IANS) After registering their fourth consecutive victory last Sunday, Shillong Lajong FC will look to go one better on Saturday when they take on DSK Shivajians in an eighth round I-League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.

A second half strike by Cameroonian striker Aser Dipanda Dicka and two peerless saves by goalkeeper and man of the match Vishal Kaith ensured that Lajong pick up three points against Churchill Brothers. The Reds will look to maintaining their winning record at home on Saturday when they go up against the Pune team in the eighth round match.

Lajong are currently in fourth place with 12 points, while Shivajians are in sixth position on six points.

The visitors have had a mixed season thus far, having won just once against Chennai City FC last month and drawing three times, including against big clubs like Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC.

Noting the opposition’s strengths at the pre-match press conference, Shillong Lajong coach Thangboi Singto said: “We aim to do well and get full points tomorrow, but Shivajians have done quite well. Their Indian players, like goalkeeper Subrata Paul and attacker Holicharan Narzary, have played at the highest level. They are one of the strongest teams in the league.”

The Reds received tremendous support from the Lajong Faithfuls in the last game and they will need it again on Saturday.

Winning the upcoming tie is of crucial importance, Singto said, because the away matches to come are definitely going to be extremely challenging.

The gaffer has also been pleased with the maturity and football nous shown by the youngsters in the squad and the bonus from the last two victories was that the hosts were able to keep clean sheets in both.