ISL 2016: Coach Nelo Vingada says linesman's error cost NorthEast United points against ATK
NorthEast United FC coach Nelo Vingada expressed his disappointment at the linesman's error which led to Atletico de Kolkata scoring the equaliser.
Kolkata: NorthEast United FC coach Nelo Vingada expressed his disappointment at the linesman first raising his flag and then putting it down when Atletico de Kolkata's Helder Postiga headed the ball for Iain Hume to score the equaliser here on Thursday.
"The linesman cannot explain why he put his flag up when Postiga was jumping in the 89th minute but no foul was given. Maybe he was under pressure," Vingada told reporters after Hume cancelled Nicolas Velez's opener in the 90th minute to share the spoils.
Vingada was talking about Postiga pinning Nirmal Chettri down while providing the assist for Hume's strike.
"We were the best team and we deserved to win. I am not saying the referee was bad. Like us, they also can make mistakes. It's just strange he put his flag up and you know what happened... we lost two points. The linesman lost nothing," Vingada complained.
ATK coach Molina on the other hand insisted his team are still in a good position to make the playoffs.
"Right now with four matches to play and three matches to play for other teams, every team will go for a win.
"I think we are in a good position. There are still four matches to play. We will fight to be in the top four."
Atletico have registered 68 shots on target over the course of the season, the second most in the league, but have found the back of the net on only 16 occasions.
Former champions Atletico de Kolkata secured a place in the play-offs for the third successive season following their 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters on Tuesday.