Indian Super League Football: Profligacy stop FC Goa from punishing mundane ATK Mohun Bagan

Indian Super League Football
After a top performance against Jamshedpur FC in the midweek, where they took charge of the game from the kick-off, FC Goa left it again for a late intervention, also this time by Ishan Pandita to pick up a point against ATK Mohun Bagan.

The Gaurs used to be forced to throw the kitchen sink at the end of the games before the Jamshedpur draw. They seemed to have put the problem behind them against Jamshedpur, where they scored early and kept game power. But on Sunday, the topic surfaced again.

The Gaurs played 488 passes against ATK Mohun Bagan, out of which they completed 354 passes effectively. They had 63% possession of the ball and took 19 shots on goal, eight of which were on target. Granted that the target post and the crossbar fell in between on two occasions, but they should still have ended the game long ago.

Ferrando wanted to maintain the winning mix and therefore kept Igor Angulo on the bench as a star forward. The success against the Mariners could not be repeated by Jorge Ortiz, who had a terrific outing as number 9 against Jamshedpur.

Ortiz, as usual, worked incredibly hard and was often seen tracking back to build openings, but was just as inefficient in front of the goal. He came close to scoring on three different occasions but ultimately struggled to bury the opportunities that a clinical finisher like Angulo would have done better.

For the majority of the match, Alberto Noguera, involved in two of their three goals against Jamshedpur, was kept quiet by Carl McHugh of ATK Mohun Bagan. Once again, the Irish midfielder showed how important he is to Antonio Habas as FC Goa could hardly make any efficient movement down the middle.

On a brighter note, the Mariners began the match. With Prabir Das starting as a right wing-back, Habas reverted to his familiar 3-5-2 formation. But their enterprising start soon faded, and after the first 20 minutes, they retreated into their shell in defence.

Attack wise, which was ATK Mohun Bagan's worst performance this season as the team managed only 114 passes of 221 passes in 90 minutes! The Kolkata side did not have any ample goal-scoring opportunities, except for Subhasish Bose's header in the first half that hit the crossbar for a came back.

If they still dream of topping the league and having the AFC Champions League slot this season, the Green and Maroons need a drastic overhaul in their play style. The strategy must move, and Habas should consider using his side's attacking prowess.