We want to do better and try to improve our position on the points table: FC Goa’s Derrick Pereira

FC Goa head coach Derrick Pereira stated that his team will try to improve their position on the points table in the remaining matches as his team registered 2-0 loss against ATK Mohun Bagan in Match 92 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa on Tuesday.

Manvir Singh (3', 46') scored after just 14 seconds in the second half to add to his early strike in the first half as the Kolkatan outfit moved second to Hyderabad only on goal difference but have played a game less than the current leaders.

Match Report: Manvir Singh nets brace as ATK Mohun Bagan go joint top with win over FC Goa

For FC Goa it's virtually the end of the semi-final race, as they remains ninth with 18 points from 17 games.

Pereira addressed the media after the game.

Here are some excerpts from his press conference:

Was this kind of a reality check after the 5-0 win in the last match?

They are two different teams. We went with a plan and tried to settle down as a team. It’s not an excuse, but it's the truth that we had cases in our camp, where some players had to be left out. We could not train yesterday because of certain reasons. So I think we missed out in the midfield today, the early goal put us down. And, of course in the second half also a missed pass which resulted in the goal. That put a lot of pressure on the team. We lost the ball in the midfield quite often and that has hampered our performance.

Have you started thinking beyond the season already?

It's a process in place, it's always there. We will definitely from now on as we still have slight hopes. But I mean, we still want to do better. We want to do improve our standings on the table. And for sure, we will work to see for the future.

Will it be a good idea to give some youngsters the chance to play from the start in the three remaining games?

As I said, it's a process and all deserving youngsters will definitely get the opportunity. We need to give them the opportunity but just can't push them into the deep side of the pool. We have to get them gradually into the team. And we have some talented boys in our team and when the appropriate time we will be giving them the chance.

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