CK Vineeth: We made Goa look good
FC Goa registered a comfortable 3-1 win over Kerala Blasters FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Sunday after a contest which saw both teams go all out for the three points. Despite some commendable effort levels from both sides, it was the visitors who took their chances in front of goal and secured the win. Striker Ferran Corominas bagged a brace and young forward Manvir Singh scored the third for the Gaurs. Kerala pulled back a late consolation goal through Nikola Krcmarevic.
After the match, Kerala's local hero CK Vineeth and Goa's Brandon Fernandes joined Paul Masefield and Khuri Irani for the post-match interview and Vineeth had some interesting views to share about the match. Talking about the impact of the loss on Kerala's season, Vineeth said, "We lost two in a row and I think we need points on the board and we don't have that." A disappointed Vineeth reminisced further on tonight's loss against the Gaurs and added, "We made them look good. We didn't hold the ball in the midfield and conceded two silly goals that made us drop the points."
Asked about his reaction to Vineeth's claims, Brandon replied, "We stuck to our plan and kept the possession that made them defend. Our strength is to keep the ball and create chances. That's what we did and maybe what Vineeth said is right."
Kerala fell two goals behind in the first-half, but looked a much more organised side in the second-half. Analysing the shift of momentum, Vineeth, who was a second-half substitute, said, "In the first-half, we didn't pressurise them enough in their third and we waited in our half for them to come. That helped them keep the ball all the way. (Ahmed) Jahouh was playing, Edu Bedia was playing and it was like 10-15 passes every time. We didn't put pressure on them in their half. In the second-half, we did that and played well."
Vineeth had a couple of good chances to score late in the game but couldn't make the most out of these. The striker talked about these misses and said that things were not going his way. "I don't know what to say. Nothing is going in for me nowadays."
Brandon was asked about the effect of Sergio Lobera's brand of coaching on the team, to which he said, "He is always backing us. Even when we make a mistake, he doesn't shout at us. He always motivates us and it helps us on the pitch."
Vineeth concluded his part of the interview by talking about the amazing home support in Kerala. "As I always say, this crowd is amazing. Playing in front of them is amazing. Almost everyone wants to play in front of them. Everyone in India and everyone coming to the Hero ISL," the Kerala Blasters man said.
Brandon also shed some light on how difficult it was for an opposing team to play in front of the crowd in Kochi. "It's always difficult to play in this type of stadium. In the dressing room, we wanted that first goal. If we got that first goal, things change here. If they had the first goal, the pressure would have been on us. We got the first, and then the second, but we weren't happy. We came out in the second-half and finally got the third goal and only then, could we relax," the young midfielder revealed.
Watch the interview here: