ISL 2017: Sergio Lobera rues referee error, reiterates faith in 'best goalkeeper' Kattimani

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Sergio Lobera was critical of the referee but refused to point fingers at his goalkeeper...

FC Goa went down 1-2 to Mumbai City in their second Indian Super League (ISL) game at the Mumbai Football Arena on Saturday and following the defeat, head coach Sergio Lobera was distraught over the result.

"The second half was very open, we created a lot of chances for ourselves. Unfortunately, the way things turned out - we don't have the points nor the result we deserved."

FC Goa custodian Laxmikant Kattimani had a nightmare in between the sticks as his failure to kick the ball away allowed Everton Santos to sneak in and score. Coach Lobera had earlier tagged him as his best goalkeeper and he stuck by what he said.

"If we start analysing individual mistakes, if it wasn't for the referee we wouldn't have lost the game either. Like I mentioned last week, I would like to reiterate Kattimani for being our best goalkeeper and I have complete faith in him. I'm proud of the performance we put in and despite the result and the tough day, I want to completely keep focus and improve ourselves as we move forward."

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Sergio Lobera, who confirmed an injury to Brandon Fernandes as the reason why he didn't feature against FC Goa, spoke about the referee's performance.

"The referee made mistakes like everyone makes mistakes. He called a goal offside which was actually on and I think you all have seen it on the television replays too. Everyone is capable of making errors and he's one of them today. I think all teams, and not just us, are technically different now as we are playing from scratch here. With my team I think we know our idea and concept. I actually praised my players and appreciated them.

"If we have conceded four, we have also scored four. What you saw today was a good game. Both teams played an expansive game. Ultimately when you play a game of this kind, you are bound to concede quite often," signed off Lobera.
 

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