Doha, Jan 11 (PTI) Despite conceding four goals in theAFC Asian Cup opener against Australia, India goalkeeperSubrata Paul does not seem to be too bothered as he expressedconfidence that the team will put up a good show againstformidable Bahrain in their next Group C clash on Friday.
"We have nothing to lose so we are not under pressure. Wehave come here to learn and just try to play our best. I justtried my level best against Australia and tried hard to savewhatever I could although we still conceded four goals," saidPaul."We can forget about it (the game against Australia) andcan now look forward to our next game against Bahrain, whichwill also be a very tough match. We should be able to put up abetter fight against Bahrain, who almost made it to the lastWorld Cup. It will be another tough match and hopefully wewill recover well for that game," added Paul.
India put up a spirited fight against the Australiansbefore losing 0-4 last night at Al Saad Stadium in theiropening match of the Asian Cup football tournament.
The deficit could have been much more if not for someexcellent saves from the Pune FC goalkeeper, who deniedSocceroos Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell a few more chances toscore.
The 29-year-old Paul said that it was all a part of thelearning experience for his team, who are participating in theAFC Asian Cup finals for the first time since 1984.
"It is a long time since India last qualified for theAsian Cup -� 27 years -- so it''s very hard for us when we playagainst strong teams at this level," he said.
"We still have to play Korea Republic and Bahrain, whoalmost qualified for the last World Cup, but we''ve come hereto learn something, while other teams like Australia and Koreahave come here to try and win the championship," said thegoalie.
On his own performance against the mighty Australians,Paul said: "I can''t say I am satisfied after conceding fourgoals. As a team we did well and that''s important."
India qualified for the continental showpiece event byvirtue of winning the AFC Challenge Cup in August 2008, thusbreaking a 27-year-old jinx. They have been drawn in a strongpool and will play South Korea in their last match.