Margao: After beating the fancied Mohun Bagan 3-0 in their last match, Dempo would be looking to keep the winning momentum going when they face Salgaocar in the ninth round of I-League on Saturday.
Dempo coach Armando Colaco was all praise for young Godwin Franco who filled the gap in the absence of playmaker Climax Lawerence, who was serving a two-match suspension on disciplinary ground, to win the man of the match award against Bagan.
"It was the best performance by the team, I had faith in my boys that they will give their best when it matters most and hope that they keep the momentum going tomorrow against Salgaocar, who are going through a lean patch and will try to come hard on us to win tomorrow," said Colaco.
The return of Climax Lawerence will add more fluidity in the midfield and with Ryuji Suoeka and Joaquim Abranches combining well, I expect my team to collect full points and extend the unbeaten home run and stay close to leaders East Bengal who are on 20 points, one point ahead of us, he added.
Salgaocar, who have not won in the last four outings, have the potential to play tough against stronger side as demonstrative against Prayag United with whom they drew goalless.
David Booth, their new coach, is looking forward to a first win after taking over the reign from Karim Bencherifa.
"The boys gave good account of themselves in the last two matches against stronger opponents, although we were not able to win but expect it tomorrow against the defending champions, who are on high after their impressive win over Bagan.
"We have worked up a strategy to counter our opponents and win which will bring back the confidence of the team," said David Booth.
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