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Essex Senior League: Imrul Gazi delighted with Sporting Bengal United’s professional display at Southend Manor

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 March 2017

Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi faces the camera at Mile End Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards).

Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi faces the camera at Mile End Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards).

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The east Londoners took their chances and defended strongly to yet again surprise one of the top clubs in the division

Imrul Gazi hailed the professional performance of his Sporting Bengal United players after winning 2-1 at Southend Manor in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.

Goals from Shiblu Miah and Oscar Almeida Mendes put the visitors two goals ahead at the Arena.

Rhys Fatt pulled one back for Manor after the break, but Bengal held on to claim an excellent victory.

Gazi said: “I’ve obviously been involved for the last two years, so it has not been a happy hunting ground for us.

“It has normally been eventful and it was the case again on Saturday as they had a player sent off for head-butting Oscar. It was in the final two minutes of the game and it all went a bit sour after that.

“It was literally over nothing and Oscar was giving them a torrid time, so frustration got the better of one of their players.

“He literally just head-butted Oscar for no reason off-the-ball and right in front of the referee, so that wasn’t nice.

“But other than that it was a good all-round performance by us and we were very professional once again.”

The Mile End Stadium club are now unbeaten in three games and have not lost since the 5-3 loss to Barking on February 18.

It is an excellent run of form, especially considering Bengal have played FC Romania, Redbridge and Manor.

And it was all the more impressive because the east Londoners were missing a couple of key players.

“It was very similar to the Redbridge performance because we can’t say we have created a lot of chances, but we have been sound at the back and we have played well,” said Gazi.

“We have limited their opportunities and taken ours, which is unusual for us, but over the last two we have been clinical in front of goal.

“It is a massive win because Southend are doing well in the league and flying high, so I don’t think anybody would have expected us to get that result.

“More importantly we had two or three key players unavailable like Steve Carvell and we only had 13 there on the day, so it was really pleasing.”

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