Margao: SC East Bengal head coach Robbie Fowler has said his majority of his squad’s players were recruited for the I-League and must show their mettle in the Indian Super League (ISL).
Robbie Fowler was disappointed with his team after losig 2-3 to Hyderabad FC at the Tilak Maidan on Tuesday.
It was SC East Bengal’s fourth loss of the season and they remain rooted at the bottom of the points table with just one point from five games.
Jacques Maghoma scored the team’s first two goals of the season but it was not enough as Aridane Santana scored a brace and Halicharan Narzary found the back of the net once to help Hyderabad come from behind and take the victory.
Fowler was brutal in harping his team’s shortcomings.
“I don’t know where to start. We say the same thing again and again, I think our players need to concentrate for the whole 90 minutes. We are trying but we are just not good enough.
“We were late to the party and some of our players have come from I-League and are struggling in the ISL with the standard improving year after year.
“We train well but when we come in match situations, the players don’t perform as well. I really don’t know what more to do. The recruitment has not been kind to us,” Fowler said.
He then said his players were just not upto the ISL standard. “It is what it is. We have got the squad. We have mixed and matched everyone and I talk to all the players.
“I pick the team from what I see in training but the players in that shirt aren’t the same. Some of the players’ performance is just not ISL standard,” he said.