The FC Goa boss also revealed that he respects the referee’s decision on the red card for Seiminlen Doungel.

It took a last-minute equalizer in Guwahati against NorthEast United for Sergio Lobera’s men, similar to their last game against Bengaluru FC. Hugo Boumous converted one of the several chances the Gaurs created in the first half. However, NorthEast came back through Asamoah Gyan and took the lead through Redeem Tlang. The entertaining match then saw Seiminlen Doungel receive a red card during injury-time, before Manvir Singh stole the spotlight with a last-gasp equalizer.

Following the draw, FC Goa head coach Sergio Lobera addressed the media in the post-match press conference on Friday night.

On Chances Missed In First Half

Sergio Lobera was very vocal about his team’s lack of intent early on, as they failed to convert several of their opportunities in the first half.

“I am not happy with what was going.  In the first five minutes, it was possible to score two or three goals. The first 30 minutes maybe was the best 30 minutes of our season. But, when you create a lot of chances, it is necessary to score. Because sometimes when we don’t score, the opponents capitalize. I think we had a lot of chances to win the match. Today, it was possible to get all three points,” the Spaniard said expressing his concern.

View On Seiminlen Doungel’S Red Card

The red card for Doungel in injury-time seemed to have tilted the balance towards NorthEast completely. Here was Lobera’s take on the decision.

“I respect the referees. I think the referees have a very difficult job. It is necessary to help them make decisions, as coaches and players. The referee decided it at that moment based on the action and I respect the decision,” the FC Goa coach opined.