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ISL: NorthEast must aim to win all home matches, says Koke

IANS 09 Nov 2014, 16:17:42 PM IST

Guwahati: NorthEast United FC forward Sergio Contreras Pardo, better known as Koke, has said his team must aim to win all their remaining four home matches in the Indian Super League (ISL) to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament.

NorthEast have so far collected four points from three home matches to occupy the fourth spot in the standings after a total of nine points from seven games.

Koke played a starring role in his team's 2-2 draw against Chennaiyin FC Saturday, scoring the a late equaliser with a thumping volley from inside the box.

"We have played well on our away games, we must just aim to win all our matches at home with the support of our fans. And I feel that if we do win all our home games, we will definitely qualify for the top four," he said.

Koke is also his team's top scorer in the tournament with three goals so far and said he is happy to earn a point against Chennai.

"It was a very tight match. We came back from behind and we could have gone and won the game, but I am happy with the draw at this point. Everyone is happy with the result but we must be ready for the next game. I believe the draw was the best result," he said.

He also expressed satisfaction on his personal form so far because being a striker "the most important thing is to score" and praised his team-mates for their performances, saying they are moving in the right direction.

"Our team is very young and we are doing good work which we must continue. And if we continue this way and win at home we will be in the top four," he concluded.