The tactician also admitted that the Gaurs are struggling in front of the goal and needs to improve on it.
FC Goa failed to hold onto their lead as Bengaluru FC equalised to force the Gaurs to share spoils in the ISL on Sunday night. Dylan Fox’s header from Jorge Ortiz’s cross in the 40th minute put Derrick Pereira’s men in front. Meanwhile, Sunil Chhetri equalised with a header in the 62nd minute.
This goal helped Sunil Chhetri become the all-time joint top-scorer of the competition along with Ferran Corominas with 48 goals. The match also saw the return of Brandon Fernandes after staying out long due to an injury.
Here’s what FC Goa head coach Derrick Pereira had to say in the post-match press conference.
Both FC Goa and Bengaluru FC had players absent due to COVID-19. FC Goa also had a tough game against SC East Bengal in their previous fixture.
Speaking about whether the draw was a fair result, the coach asserted, “Taking into consideration the conditions, the situations, both the teams suffering because of Covid and our last result against SC East Bengal and playing against an in-form team like Bengaluru FC, it made us bit difficult.”
“The first 15 minutes were tough for us as they put us under a lot of pressure. But then we got back. We controlled the game – some part of the match. We created some chances. I think we can do much better. Yes, the 1-1 draw is a fair result,” he continued.
Performance in the final third
FC Goa have been creating chances but the performance in the final third hasn’t been up to the mark. While they have scored 17 goals so far in the league, the number would have been higher if they converted most of the opportunities.
“That has been our concern throughout the season. We have been struggling to score goals although we are creating chances. But we have to improve the composure in the front of goal and also the decision making,” Derrick Pereira opined.
On Brandon Fernandes getting a start
Star midfielder Brandon Fernandes made a comeback tonight after staying out for a long time due to an injury. While he came in as a substitute, Derrick Pereira was asked when can Goa faithful see the India international starting a game.
“Once we feel that he is 100% fit. He got some minutes in today’s match. We wanted to see how he is and how comfortable he would be. I think he did well. Hopefully, maybe in another two or three sessions with the team, definitely very soon he may get a start,” he remarked.
On semi-final dreams
In the pre-match press conference on Saturday, Derrick Pereira mentioned that he believed in miracles. However, FC Goa’s draw against Bengaluru FC will make their playoff dreams tougher.
“I said it because I have faith in God, anything is possible with God. We are working hard. The players are giving in their best. This year, except for the last match, we did well in most of the matches. We dominated, created chances but finishing is our concern. So, that’s where we are struggling,” the tactician concluded.