Lobera and Ferrando pleased with performances despite dropping points

FC Goa began their 2019 with a 0-0 draw at home against Jamshedpur FC on Monday. The result doesn’t help either side, especially with the likes of NorthEast United and Mumbai City picking up victories over the weekend. After a cagey first half, Goa huffed and puffed to find the winner in the second. However, an inspiring performance by Subrata Paul ensured that the match ended in a stalemate.

At the post-match press conference, head coach of FC Goa Sergio Lobera shared his thoughts on the match. The Spaniard was pleased with his team’s performance but admitted that they should have found the back of the net. “I think we had good chances but when you don’t take them, you will not get the three points. I think the team did a good job against a good team. The only thing we missed in this game was a goal,” he said.

When asked about Ahmed Jahouh’s exclusion from the starting line-up, Lobera answered, “The main reason he didn’t start today was because we played Ferran Corominas, Hugo Boumous, Edu Bedia and Carlos Pena. When you have many good players, you have to choose. The last game here, it was a great performance. So, we wanted to give some continuation to the team that won here.”

From Jamshedpur’s end, Cesar Ferrando shared his opinion on the events that unfolded on the pitch. Despite the draw, Ferrando conceded that he was very happy with the final result. “Every match is different. We played away against a good team like Goa. We played very well. During the match, in some moments they played very well. But I’m very happy with one point. The next match is another final against ATK.  In this moment, it is the most important match,” he remarked.

Continuing on the same note, he added: “They had two or three chances which made the keeper make important saves. We had two crosses from which we could have scored. They had more possession than us but sometimes you can play very well, sometimes you have to defend. My team defended well.”

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