Our mistakes cost us the game: FC Goa head coach Carlos Pena

FC Goa head coach Carlos Pena was left disappointed with his team's defensive mistakes as they went down 1-4 to Mumbai City FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Mumbai Football Arena, on Thursday. A brace from Pereyra Diaz and strikes from Lallianzuala Chhangte and Alberto Noguera sealed the win for the hosts while Iker Guarrotxena was on the scoresheet for the Gaurs.

While Mumbai City FC extended their lead on top of the Hero ISL standings, FC Goa slumped to the sixth position on the Hero ISL table after a third defeat in the last four matches. Pena, speaking at the post-match press conference, asserted that the game was equal but felt the defensive mistakes cost his team.

Carlos Pena defended FC Goa when asked if the Gaurs lacked hunger in the second half against Mumbai City FC and he called for his team to learn and prepare for the upcoming matches in the best shape.

Here are the excerpts from Pena's post-match press conference:

Your game plan didn’t work today. Your thoughts?

I think the team played a very decent first half but we started the second half in a bad mood and made mistakes against a team like Mumbai City FC that can cause you trouble and it was a problem. We had a talk in the dressing room to start the second half in the same way, to keep on trying, keep attacking because we did all that in the first half. It was an equal game with chances for both teams but in the second half, they punished us a lot in the first 10 minutes. After that, we couldn't come back.

Your thoughts on MCFC's performance?

I feel the same as before, it was a good game, with good dynamics and good players. Today they won fairly.

Why didn't Noah (Sadaoui) start today?

Because I decided to start with Alvaro (Vazquez). We thought that the best option at the beginning of the match was to play Alvaro and with some minutes to play Noah (Sadaoui) would help us but the plan, of course, you can see didn't work.

Do you think defensive mistakes cost the team today?

Against Mumbai City FC you can concede goals without making mistakes. You can see in the first half but in the second half, there were two big mistakes that cost us two goals so it's time to realise what happened, recover, and prepare for the next game in the best conditions.

The team lacked hunger in the second half and wasn't able to get into the final third. Is this a matter of concern for the team?

A lack of hunger, I disagree. I think we lost because in the second half we conceded two early goals, we committed two big mistakes and that was the reason. I don't feel the team was lacking hunger. We came here with the hunger and passion to win. We knew before the game that we were able to win here, but we need to be on our best level and that 10 minutes cost us the game.

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