FC Pune succumbed to another defeat this time at the hands of NorthEast United who had a comfortable 2-0 victory at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune on Tuesday.
After conceding their first goal in the 23rd minute, with Bartholomew Ogbeche the one to give the visitors the lead, Pune spent the rest of the match trying to find the equaliser, but profligacy in the attacking third might have prevented them another win or even a draw.
Interim boss Pradhyum Reddy felt that the failure to convert chances cost the team.
“It was obviously not the result we were hoping for. The idea was to try getting a goal from the very first minute, but we failed to take our chances. When you do that and the opponents take their chances, you’re bound to lose matches.
“I think we failed to convert our chances. They scored from their first clear-cut chance after we failed to clear from the corner. They converted their third corner whereas we couldn’t convert similar set-piece chances. Robin (Singh) and Iain (Hume) had a couple of chances but the final pass or final touch was lacking. In the second half, we tried to pull ourselves back into the game but I think we failed to create clear-cut chances.”
Iain Hume got his first start of the season, following a long term injury but was substituted at half-time as his play time is gradually increased as part of his rehabilitation.
The win saw NorthEast move to the second spot on the league table with 17 points from eight matches. Meanwhile, Ogbeche has equalled Ferran Corominas’ tally of eight goals in the race for the Golden Boot.
On Wednesday Atletico de Kolkata played out a drawless goal with FC Goa.