Indian players rued the silly mistakes committed by them in their Asian Cup football match against Bahrain and said the scoreline could have been more respectable than 2-5 had they avoided the errors.
India conceded a penalty inside the first 10 minutes but took only a minute to find the equaliser before the defence went off to sleep as three goals were let in within the first 45 minutes which put the team on the back foot.
"Overall we played very well and we dominated the second half. May be due to some silly mistakes we conceded too many goals in the first half. Though we came back strongly in the second half it was not enough," said captain Climax Lawrence. "Our defence played very well against Australia but there were some silly mistakes against Bahrain," said the central midfielder.
Striker Sunil Chhetri was disappointed his side leaked too many goals in the first half. "The first half was disappointing. We conceded three silly goals and I believe we should have done a lot better than the 5-2 scoreline in the end.
"It only highlights the difference in the level that if you make a small mistake against big teams, you have to pay for them. You just can't switch off for a moment or two as it may hurt you," said Chhetri.
Senior player Renedy Singh also rued conceding too many goals in the first half after a good start and said the fifth goal killed the match after a fightback in the second half.
"In the first half, we started well but later lost our way. And whatever few chances that came our way, we couldn't equalise. This is football but I must say that the fifth goal we conceded was bad. We came back into the match in the second half but the fifth goal just killed the contest," said the midfielder. "Bahrain are a stronger team than us. At this level, they utilised their chances.
But overall, I'm pleased with our performance in the second half. If we play like this against Korea, it will be good," he said. India's first goal by Gouramangi was scored from a Renedy freekick and he was not given the credit for the second goal even though his left footer had crossed the goal-line after beating the Bahraini goalkeeper. Chhetri, who nodded home from the rebound, admitted the goal should have been in Renedy's name.
"I think the goal was Renedy's. He is an amazing player and in the absence of Bhaichung, he was motivating us on the field. It was a brilliant free-kick for the first goal and the second goal was Renedy's amazing left foot," said Chhetri.