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ISL 2017-18: FC Goa coach Lobera feels his team needs to work on the defensive side

AT THE POST-MATCH press conference after FC Goa and Jamshedpur FC, the winning team's coach Sergio Lobera spoke about his assesment of the game saying,

 “There were games where we were better but weren’t able to win. In today’s game we suffered quite a bit but a team needs to know how to win. Today the team learnt to suffer and how to play against a team that was hard to play against,”

On having to take the penalty kick twice after the referee saw players enter the box before the kick was taken, Lobera said,

“I think we haven’t had a great amount of luck in the league. I think we deserve more than what we got so far. For me it was not luck. Moreover, we had to take the penalty twice.”

In the learnings from the game, Lobera thought his team has work to do on the defensive part and expressed,

“I wouldn’t complain much about the chances that we didn’t take but I would complain about the goal we conceded. We have to aim to keep a clean sheet and we haven’t achieved it as yet. We have been conceding goals from crosses and today the same thing happened. We spoke about this before the game, we have to improve defensively.“

Lobera was not surprised to see the attacking instincts for Jamshedpur FC and glad his team came out winners, 

“Not really. The last game they played in a similar manner. I’m pleased with the fact that we scored two goals against a team that has kept five clean sheets and only lost two games. It’s not easy.”

The match was also marred with an altercation between both set of players at half-time but Lobera was keen to play down the incident.

“Ultimately, what happens on the pitch should stay on the pitch. This is a league where the players know each other quite well. It’s a very sporting league as well. It moved to a point where things just boiled over,” the Spaniard said.

Talking about his midfield stalwart Jahouh, said,

“Jahouh is a player who’s got a yellow card before. I‘ve coached him before. I know he’s a player who can handle a yellow card. He took it up to the limit but he knew where the boundaries were,” Lobera said.


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