Draw not good enough for FC Goa: Ferrando after game against ATK Mohun Bagan
Match 62 of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21 saw FC Goa hold ATK Mohun Bagan to a 1-1 draw courtesy of a late equaliser at the Fatorda Stadium on Sunday. The Mariners took the lead after a brilliant freekick scored by Edu Garcia but substitute Ishan Pandita levelled the score for the Gaurs in the 84th minute. FC Goa head coach Juan Ferrando was not happy with the final result though.
“We had eight shots on target. It is wrong when we do not have any clear opportunities. But I think that the high press of my team was very good because ATK Mohun Bagan could not play. In the midfield also the press was good. Just one detail, in transition we lost the ball and gave away the foul but the opponents scored a nice goal. We always want the three points. We had more chances so at the end a draw is not good enough for us,” the Spaniard said at the post-match press conference.
This was Pandita’s second goal of the season after the Indian forward’s equaliser in a 2-1 win over Hyderabad FC last month. However, his head coach wants to see more from Pandita before making him a fixture in the starting XI. “I am talking with him everyday. He is good in set-pieces and in positional attack but he needs to work …The important thing for me is to help players like Ishan and Devendra (Murgaokar),” said Ferrando.
Watch Juan Ferrando's Post-Match Press conference here:
Meanwhile on the other hand, ATK Mohun Bagan head coach Antonio Lopez Habas was fine with the result. “The final scoreline is a fair one. We had chances to win the match but we couldn’t score the goal. After that, in one set-piece they drew. For me, I want to win the three points but even one point is very important for us,” the Spaniard said.
Habas was overall happy with his players’ performance on the night. “This was a big match between two well-trained teams. We were unable to create many chances. It is very difficult to have a lot of chances against very big clubs. But I am very happy with the performance of my team,” he said.
Watch Antonio Lopez Habas' Post-Match Press conference here: