ISL 2017-18: Bengaluru FC’s Albert Roca - Guyon Fernandez should have seen red

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The former Barcelona coach explained his decision to not start with Erik Paartalu and Udanta Singh…

Bengaluru FC suffered their fourth loss in the Indian Super League (ISL) season as they went down 2-0 t a resurgent Delhi Dynamos.

The Lions ended their seven-match winless run at the expense of Bengaluru, who looked out of sorts in the absence of Erik Paartalu, Udanta Singh and Juanan.

“Another set of circumstances which we cannot complain about. I have to use all my squad if I want to compete on both fronts (ISL and AFC Cup) without suffering too many injuries.

Udanta has had a problem since the last two games. He was on the bench but he was not completely fit,” explained Roca.

Incidentally, this was Delhi’s first home win of the season with Miguel Angel Portugal’s side suffering a defeat each time they played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi.

“Sometimes it happens. We never underestimated Delhi and we knew it would be difficult to win tonight. That’s football and the pitch was not comfortable for some of the players,” he pointed.

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“I don’t think so (if weather played a role). I cannot complain about the weather when my team is losing. We were not comfortable because the other team was doing well. Delhi played well in the last matches against Jamshedpur and Kerala too. They played much better than the first half of the season,” said the former El Salvador coach.

Subhasish Bose was sent-off deep into the stoppage time for bringing down Guyon Fernandez inside the box. The former Feyenoord striker successfully converted from the spot as he sent Gurpreet Singh Sandhu the wrong way.

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Roca opined that the 31-year-old striker should have been given marching orders instead of his defender by referee Rowan Arumughan.

“I thought it was a red card for the striker since he went straight into my goalkeeper. The referee was very far from the action so he cannot see it well. He needs help from the linesmen for making such calls.

“I will (appeal) if it is like how my player says. He says he did not touch Guyon at all. So we will take a call on that,” signed off the Spaniard.

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