Ferrando wants FC Goa to start games well rather than being reactive

The final Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) match of 2020 saw FC Goa secure a 2-1 comeback victory over Hyderabad FC at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Wednesday. Igor Angulo scored another stoppage-time winner just like he had done against Jamshedpur FC in the Gaurs’ previous game. Speaking at the post-match press conference, head coach Juan Ferrando, though content with the result, admitted leaving it late is not always a good idea.

“It was a difficult game because in my opinion. Hyderabad is a very good team and has a very good squad. It was difficult to find the spaces because they are good while defending and even in transition and attack. In the end, it is important to stay calm because we won the last two matches in the last minutes. Maybe we need to start the games with more character and not [always come up with] a reaction after conceding,” Ferrando said after the match.

Angulo scored his ninth goal of the season to lead his side to victory, and Ferrando hopes the striker can continue his fine form in front of goal for the remainder of the season as well. “I am happy because every player is working well in their positions. Igor is working hard too. He is a very good No.9 and everyone knows this. But it is important to keep working,” he said.

Ferrando also heaped praise on Ishan Pandita, who scored his first-ever goal in the Hero ISL with his first touch of the match after coming on as a substitute. “Ishan is a young player who needs to improve a lot and needs to work. It was a good moment because we decided to use Ishan in the same position as Ortiz and he had a good opportunity. He is young but the most important thing is to be in control and work every day,” Ferrando said.

Meanwhile, Hyderabad head coach Manuel Marquez was very disappointed to have lost the game and took the blame. “The only thing I have to say is that this loss is my fault. It is a game that we deserved to win. Before we scored, we controlled the game totally. But the last situation was very wrong, we totally lost control of the game. Two shots on target and they scored two goals.

 “I am very happy with the attitude of the team and with the players. We lost the game because of some substitutions. It is easy to say that we played four games in 10 days but that is no excuse,” Marquez said.

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