Want to take responsibility for the goals conceded: FC Goa’s Dheeraj Singh
FC Goa goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh expressed displeasure at his performance on Friday evening, where his team allowed Jamshedpur FC to script a convincing 3-1 win in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 match at the Athletic Stadium, in Bambolim.
Having made a few remarkable saves in the first half, the custodian shipped in three goals in the second period. After two matches, the Gaurs have conceded six goals already, with zero points in their kitty.
“Actually to be honest, it was not a good start for me or the team. I mean, two (losses) in the row, conceding three goals in each. It's not a good start for us. And yeah, I want to take some responsibility in this game,” said Dheeraj Singh, after their loss to Jamshedpur FC.
“Like I could have done better with the two goals and that's how I put my team under pressure. I have to accept that. And, we still have a lot of games coming up, so we need to be prepared and we have to prepare game by game,” added the footballer, who was named in the AFC Champions League team of the season, earlier in the day.
Jamshedpur FC striker Nerijus Valskis netted a brace, as well as ended his nine-match goal drought to guide his team to their first win of the season. However, the Lithuanian footballer stated that he would have been more happy if the Red Miners had kept a clean sheet.
“I'm very happy for my two goals that I have scored for the team today. Today we were very solid in the defense. We had a couple of good chances in the first half. FC Goa was very good, but then we scored three goals and we wanted to keep a clean sheet, but in the end we won. It's good. We are happy,” expressed Valskis, during the post-match interview.
FC Goa head coach Juan Ferrando, who has done such an incredible job with FC Goa since his arrival last season, is very upset with the disastrous start to the season.
“It’s difficult to explain (the poor start), I know because I'm working every day, I know what happened. I understand it is necessary to tackle the problems that we are having. At this moment, we are not happy of course, because after two games we have zero points. And in this case, we are very upset,” stated Ferrando.
On the other hand, Jamshedpur FC boss Owen Coyle heaped praise on Valskis for his exceptional performance against the Gaurs.
“As you know, Nerijus Valskis is a top striker. What pleases me tonight is that sometimes when you analyze games, people analyze it from the result. If you take the goals out, you're analyzing a game fairly. Valskis was outstanding tonight, even if he didn't score, but he's a wonderful player,” said Coyle, after their win.
Jamshedpur FC will be up against Hyderabad FC on December 2, at the same venue, while FC Goa will face NorthEast United FC on December 4, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Margao.