ATK Mohun Bagan pulled off another thrilling performance, to tame former champion, Chennaiyin FC, 1-0, in the Indian Super League 2020-21, at the Fatorda Stadium in Bengaluru, on Thursday, thanks to the lone goal from David Williams. The win puts ATKMB second in the table, while Chennaiyin stays at sixth.

Following the game, Williams was declared the Man of the Match. Meanwhile, he also expressed his delight at entering the scoring sheet once again for the side. “I am just happy to be able to score again. But, also not too excited about that. Scoring two goals in 11 matches is not in line with my performance. I want to score more goals in the remaining eight matches,” he told ATKMB.

“We got three points and came back to the track of victory. I’m happy that we will now chase Mumbai at the top of the league, as well as increase the difference in points with the teams below us in the league table. I will not say that we played the best match. It is a victory of team solidarity. It proved once again that we can fight and win till the last minute,” he continued.

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However, Williams felt that more than him, Tiri deserved the MoM award for his grand defending. “I was selected as the Man of the Match in the Chennaiyin match. But, I think the ‘Hero of the Match’ is Tiri. I did my job. Tiri has done his job. His goal-line save at the last moment is excellent. Like my goal, that save is of equal achievement. Tiri has been playing in India longer than me. He has also proved his skills. The way Tiri and Sandesh handled the Chennaiyin attack, with a cool head, has boosted the team’s confidence,” he reckoned.

Despite staying in a tiring bio-bubble sphere, Williams asserted that there was hardly any pressure on the side to perform. “Neither of us had any pressure on Thursday. For four weeks, we have been in second place in the league table. In fact, the Green-Maroon supporters have a lot of expectations. I know that, but it is a long league. We may not be able to play the expected game in some matches. But, we are steadfast in our target. Much more will happen in the next six weeks,” he recalled.

“Many have no idea how difficult it is to get stuck in a bio-bubble eighty per cent of the day. It is really difficult to leave family, kin and friends and stay within a certain boundary for so long. We are missing so many things. I miss Yuva Bharati. I cannot feel the warmth of the Green Maroon supporters of Kolkata, India and all over the world. If they are in the gallery, the motivation increases many times. In that too we are motivating ourselves. I want to give my best being mentally strong. For now, I am thinking about the next match. Chennaiyin-victory is past for us after Friday,” he concluded.