PANAJI: FC Goa secured a 1-0 win over Kerala Blasters in a closely contested battle at the Fatorda Stadium, courtesy of Rowllin Borges’ strike just before half time. Following the intense clash, Ivan Vukomanović, the head coach of Kerala Blasters, shared his insights into the team’s performance against a seasoned FC Goa side. Despite falling short with a 1-0 loss, the coach remained pragmatic in his assessment.
Kerala Blasters’ performance and challenges faced
“Facing a seasoned team like Goa, we expected a gritty game. Our inexperience showed, especially in the second half. Despite creating chances, an equalizer eluded us. We’re disappointed but satisfied with our overall progress despite the loss,” Vukomanović highlighted the anticipated intensity of the match, recognizing the tough challenge posed by Goa, historically known for close encounters.
Acknowledging Kerala Blasters’ youth and lack of experience in crucial moments, Vukomanović noted the disappointment in conceding just before half time. Despite their efforts and promising moments, an equalizer remained elusive.
Insights from the match and lessons learned
“Facing FC Goa poses its own challenges. Historical stats highlight the importance of conceding fewer goals. Adaptation is key, and we aim to navigate challenges posed by our schedule,” the coach emphasized the uniqueness of each game and the importance of adaptation, especially against experienced teams like Goa. He underlined the pragmatic approach of conceding fewer goals, focusing on adaptability in the evolving landscape of the ISL.