Hyderabad FC head coach Thangboi Singto felt FC Goa's quality made the difference as his team suffered a 0-4 defeat to the Gaurs in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Friday.

It was a game of fine margins in the opening half, where both teams had their chances to break the deadlock. However, coming off the bench in the second half, Noah Sadaoui scored a 14-minute hat-trick that propelled FC Goa to a convincing win against Hyderabad FC. Spanish forward Carlos Martinez extended their lead to four goals with his clinical finish as the Gaurs put four past the opposition.

Sadaoui starred for FC Goa,  delivering his first ISL hat-trick of the season. The Moroccan forward single-handedly altered the course of the game in the second half, securing all three points for his team. Singto was surprised with FC Goa's decision to bench Sadaoui. However, the Hyderabad FC head coach also acknowledged the quality of FC Goa's other foreign players, highlighting their overall strength and depth in the squad.

“Before the game started, we expected Noah Sadaoui to start. Not only Sadaoui, but they also have very good foreigners like Carl McHugh and Odei Onaindia,” he said in the post-match press conference.

Hyderabad FC faced significant challenges against FC Goa, managing just one shot on target throughout the game. With possession close to 30 percent, they found themselves largely on the defensive as the home team dictated the tempo for much of the match. Despite putting up a gritty defensive effort in the first half and keeping the scoreline goalless heading into half-time, Hyderabad FC conceded all four goals in the second half.

Singto attributed FC Goa's second-half dominance to the quality of Sadaoui, whose presence made a notable difference in the outcome of the match.

“After the first half, it was 0-0; the boys gave their all. In the second half, super-sub Noah’s technical quality was really good. Also, the deliveries of (Mohammad) Yasir were perfect.”

FC Goa underwent significant changes to their starting lineup after their victory over Bengaluru FC, with players like Sadaoui, Narayan Das, Seriton Fernandes, and Rowllin Borges being relegated to the bench. Despite a challenging first-half performance, FC Goa managed to regain their momentum in the second half, making it tough for Hyderabad FC to contain them. Singto, acknowledging the disparity in quality between the two teams, recognised the notable difference in class.

“The quality of the FC Goa players who started or were on the bench was a bit too much for us.”

However, the Indian head coach believed that players gave their best on the pitch despite facing a shocking defeat against FC Goa.

“As much as we trained, we tried our best. As we approached the end of the season, both mentally and physically, my players were a little bit drained. Conceding four goals in the second half is too much for us. But we just need to forget this,” he commented.

“Going back home, hopefully, we can do something for the fans and also for us to end the season well,” he signed off.