Odisha FC head coach Sergio Lobera expressed his displeasure at not securing a win at home against FC Goa in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Friday.

Roy Krishna scored his 11th goal of the season, giving his team an early lead with a clinical finish inside the box. The Gaurs made a comeback in the 37th minute, courtesy of Jay Gupta's magnificent left-footed strike. Despite both sides creating numerous goal-scoring opportunities later on, neither could find the back of the net.

Lobera expressed his dissatisfaction at not securing full points on home turf. Nevertheless, he commended his players for their efforts throughout the match.

“Obviously, when you are not winning the game and getting three points at home, you cannot be happy. But in this situation, I am happy because it is not about the result, not about the points, but about the effort my players put in during the game, especially considering we played three games in seven days,” Lobera said in the post-match press conference.

The Spaniard shared insights about his team's performance in the second half of the match. He firmly believes that it was a closely contested game in terms of both tactics and goal-scoring chances.

“During the second half, my players dominated the game, kept possession of the ball, and created our chances. I believe it was a closely contested and highly tactical match. There are small details that have the potential to alter the outcome. We had our opportunities from set-pieces. We had our chances. Finally, one point is not enough for me as a coach. I cannot be happy 100%. But I need to analyze how we got to this point,” he continued.

Odisha FC will next face Mohun Bagan SG in their upcoming match on February 24, following a two-week gap. Lobera believes it is a necessary break for his side, considering their busy schedule throughout the season so far.

The Kalinga Warriors will be without Ahmed Jahouh for the game against the Mariners due to suspension, but the head coach is confident they have enough players to fill the void.

“It's necessary and beneficial for us to have this break for our mental and physical well-being. Our physical coach is doing an amazing job; despite playing in three competitions simultaneously, the players are in excellent shape. There are no injuries, and they are competing at the highest level until the last minute,” he stated.

“But now it's good for us. It's good to have a mental and physical break and to prepare in the best way possible. If we want to win the game against Mohun Bagan SG, we need to work as a team. And I think I have enough players to compete against them even though Jahouh is suspended,” Lobera concluded.