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Change of fixture dates a worry for Goa, says assistant coach Pereira


IANS  |  Kolkata 

FC Goa assistant coach Derrick Pereira on Tuesday said they are a bit worried about their Indian Super League (ISL) game against NorthEast United FC, which is merely three days after they take on ATK away on Wednesday due to last-minute change of dates.

The game between ATK and Goa was originally slated for December 31 but had to postponed to January 3, meaning Pereira's side will now have to play two away matches in three days' time.

Keeping in mind the fatigue factor, he was asked if that is a problem.

"We were ready to play on the 31st. Then all of a sudden we had to postpone the game for tomorrow. That's one thing we were a bit worried about. Not this match but next match. We are not going to focus on that match now. We got two extra days," Pereira told reporters on the eve of the match.

Goa are looking to get back to winning ways after losing to Pune 0-2 in their last game. They have though played well so far with Ferran Corominas Telechea leading the goalscoring charts with eight goals to his name, Bengaluru FC's Miku is also the joint top-scorer.

"We had to change travel plans and right now team is flying after morning session and we are flying tonight," Pereira added.

Asked about their defence which has been a weak link, the veteran Indian coach said: "We are learning from our mistakes. The last match was an off day in office and we will look to bounce back."

Pereira said the team has no injury concerns going into Wednesday's clash at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan.

Goa are fifth in the points table with 12 points from six outings.



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First Published: Tue, January 02 2018. 17:36 IST