Seriton Fernandes was handed his marching orders a few minutes into the second half when Goa were leading 2-1. Interestingly when the game was locked at 3-3, Goa threw men forward in attack, a move which came to hurt them as Mumbai took advantage of the space left behind and scored the winner.
On being questioned if Fernandes’ sending off had a major influence on the game, Lobera answered in the affirmative.
“I think there was a big influence on the game. There were small details in the game where the things changed. Just as the second half began, we had an opportunity when Mandar was one-on-one, had he put it in, it would have been 3-1. Two minutes later, we end up down to ten men. This hurt us a lot.
“The most important thing is that we came back and equalised 3-3. When we reached a point when it was 3-3 with 12 minutes remaining on the clock, we left a little bit of calm. We were 10 players but we wanted to win the game. We couldn't have allowed the spaces but we did,” said Lobera.
The former Las Palmas coach opined that his team shouldn’t have allowed Mumbai to come back into the tie as Alexandre Guimaraes’s outfit had come to Goa with a defensive mindset.
“I'm very content with the attitude of the players. The only thing I'm disappointed about is that we allowed the opponents to score their first goal, a team which came here to defend. We shouldn't have let them score. And I’m also unhappy for the fourth goal our team conceded when we lacked a little of calm within our heads,” he stated.
FC Goa have the second worst defensive record this season as they have now leaked in as many as 21 goals. Lobera was questioned if he is concerned about his team’s back-line.
“When you score three goals at home and end up losing 3-4, it’s difficult to take it. I don't think it was a straight forward game. It was a little different than the other games. It was a strange one.
“10 players, a penalty and there were moments in the game which changed the final result. Obviously, there are aspects we need to improve upon. When you score three goals at home it's difficult to (fathom) the idea that you ended up losing.”
FC Goa’s next match is against NorthEast United next Sunday in what promises to be an interesting game as the latter had defeated Lobera’s side earlier this month.
“A bit like Mumbai as we lost two games, where I think football has been a little unjust to us. We have lost two games which we didn't deserve to lose. The next game that is coming up is also against a team we lost against away from home. We need to focus on our mistakes we made there and try and ensure we don't repeat them and try to get the three points,” said Lobera on how his team would approach the game against NorthEast United.