Margao: Winless and goalless SC East Bengal would aim to break their duck in the Indian Super League (ISL) when they take on Hyderabad FC on Tuesday.
Hyderabad are unbeaten in the league after four games, winning one and drawing three, to be sixth on the league table with six points.
SC East Bengal are yet to win, beginning their debut campaign with three straight defeats.
They drew 0-0 with Jamshedpur FC to earn their first point and are at the bottom of the standings.
Speaking about that performance at the virtual pre-match Press conference on Monday, SC East Bengal head coach Robbie Fowler said, “The fight we showed in the last game is what we are actually capable of.
“We are a team with a great work ethic and that was evident after we were down to ten men. People can now see that we are a team full of fighters.”
Hyderabad approach the contest on the back of a battling 1-1 with Hyderabad FC.
In the absence of injured foreign players, Hyderabad’s young Indian players rose to the challenge against ATK Mohun Bagan.
Forward Liston Colaco have shown promise while veteran goalkeeper Subrata Paul has been reliable at the back.
They have conceded just two goals so far and SC East Bengal would have to find a way to breach that tight defence.
HFC have just scored three goals, two of them from penalties while SCEB have conceded seven in their four games.
SCEB’s campaign has been bogged by controversial refereeing decisions and coach Robbie Fowler would hope his side gets the rub of the green on Tuesday.
Fowler asserted that his team always steps on the pitch with a winning mentality. “We’re not giving any excuse, but we played against the top three teams of the competition in our first three matches. But with the last game’s result, I think there is a lot of motivation for us to do well.
“We adopted a defensive approach in the game against Jamshedpur depending on how it panned out. We never go in there not wanting to win and that’s what I’m trying to instill in the boys.”