Pune City crashed to their third straight defeat in the Indian Super League on Sunday at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa, losing 4-2 to FC Goa.
The season is proving to be tough for the Stallions, not helped by failing to replace their manager with their first choice and settling for former Delhi man Miguel Angel Portugal, who was recently sacked after just three games in charge.
Despite their defeat, Interim coach Pradhyum Reddy wanted to take positive away from the game. When asked if the team’s performance has improved since the departure of Miguel Angel Portugal, Reddy said: “We scored one goal in the last three games. We scored two against one of the best and fittest teams in the league.
“You could see the combination between Marcelinho and (Emiliano) Alfaro and the others. That’s the positive we are going to take from this game.”
Reddy made five changes, as Matt Mills was the only survivor of the back four that lost 3-0 to Bengaluru.
The first 45 minutes was a goal fest with Ferran Corominas opening the scoring for the homeside as early as the 5th minute, after Jahouh sent a long pass which Coro brought down comfortably before darting into the box.
Marcelinho Leite levelled up 4 minutes later for Pune. Coro then turned provider first for Hugo Boumous in the 12th minute and Jackinchand Singh who made it 3-1 5 minutes later.
The Stallions snatched one back through Emiliano Alfaro in the 23rd minute before Goa took a 2 goal lead in the 35th minute through Coro who scored a brace.
“(I am) very proud the way the boys fought from the first minute. The boys gave a good account of themselves. I would have liked the result to be a lot closer at halftime. We made a couple of adjustments at halftime,” Reddy said after the match.