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‘Leave it late again’ – FC Goa show fighting spirit but Ferrando needs more from Gaurs


After a rusty start to the season, the Gaur are slowly recovering their mojo as they end 2020 on a high note …

Another day, another late winner from Igor Angulo. The in-form striker sealed three points for FC Goa as they finish 2020 on a strong level, squeezing into the top four of the Indian Super League (ISL).

Much like in the previous game against Jamshedpur FC, the Gaurs once again stayed behind, but in the end they made sure the job was done thanks to the goals of “super-sub” Ishan Pandita, who scored seconds after arriving on the pitch. a substitute and then Igor Angulo who was too hot to handle the Hyderabad back line.

The reigning ISL League Shield winners haven’t had the best start to their campaign this season, but with every game that passes, the Gaurs are slowly improving. With the massive exodus of foreign and Indian players this summer, new coach Juan Ferrando had a tough job in hand to bring the squad together but the young Spanish coach has so far done a commendable job.

FC Goa deserve some credit for replacing charismatic striker Ferran Corominas, who left the club after three seasons this summer, with a worthy successor to Igor Angulo. The veteran forward has extensive experience playing in Spain’s top division and did a splendid job in his debut season in India. He has already scored nine goals in as many games and is at the top of the ISL top scorers chart.

With backing from Jorge Ortiz and Brandon Fernandes, Angulo scored crucial goals to ensure Gaurs remained in the top four.

But Ferrando still has to sort out a few issues. Goa were unable to take a match by the skin of the neck despite dominating possession. Often, after conceding goals, they are forced to give everything in attack and get a result. It has worked for them in the last two games, but it cannot be the norm throughout the season.

The coach himself recognized this after the Hyderabad game and expects more character from his team.

“It’s important to be calm because in the last two matches we won 2-1 at the last minute. You have to grow up during the matches. You have to start matches with more personality and more character and not react only after going down by a goal. “

As the Gaur ended the year on a high, the Nizams conceded their third trotting loss this season. After a good start to the campaign where they went undefeated in their first five matches, Hyderabad’s form graph suddenly dropped and they are now languishing in the bottom half of the table.

Unfortunately, Manuel Marquez has not yet provided him with a team in great shape. Hyderabad played with just three foreigners for the majority of the first phase and did a pretty decent job.

Good news for them is that the three injured foreigners (Fran Sandaza, Joel Chianese and Lluis Sastre) have recovered from their injuries and are slowly regaining their form. They have also signed Dutch midfielder Roland Alberg as the seventh away signing and he will join the team as soon as his quarantine period is over.

This Hyderabad side have shown a lot of promise in the league so far with limited resources and Manuel Marquez is hoping he will get a fully fit squad in the remaining matches in the league.