East Bengal look to dent Highlanders' playoffs hopes

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Margao, Feb 22 (PTI) SC East Bengal will have nothing left to play for besides pride in the Indian Super League when they take on NorthEast United FC, who have everything to play for, here on Tuesday.

East Bengal had every chance of progressing into the playoffs but their attack led them down.

In the last one month, the Kolkata side has scored just five goals in 6 matches, having recorded just 13 shots on target in these games, the lowest among all teams.

However, with just two games left now, SC East Bengal assistant coach Tony Grant believes this could be a real test for his side when they take on the Highlanders.

SCEB will clash against a side eyeing their place in the playoffs and the encounter will be an enticing one considering NorthEast's form in the league so far.

'I think they are great. I think they started the season really well and looking at their recruitment, they have got a good blend of youth (and experience) in their team. They are in the top four and they deserve to be up there. 'A lot of these players had not played ISL and the jump is a huge jump. From day one, we had an eye on next year. And it's really important that every club does that,' said Grant.

Meanwhile, for NorthEast, they cannot afford any slipups now. They have been on a dream run ever since Khalid Jamil took over and are seven games unbeaten. This is mainly due to their attack, which have been impressive, scoring 14 goals.

The Highlanders need to win their next two games in order to progress to the playoffs but assistant coach Alison Kharsyntiew stressed that his side was focused only on the SCEB match. PTI AH BS BS