ISL: "I got the team wrong," says Gregory

Chenaiyin FC coach John Gregory admitted he got his side's formation wrong, while also revealing that Brazilian midfielder Raphael Augusto, who scored the team's second goal, was not fully fit.

"I'm sitting here disappointed that we didn't get at least a point. We deserved a point after the outstanding second-half performance," said Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory after his side's 3-2 loss to FC Goa on Sunday.   -  M. Vedhan

Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory put his hands up and claimed responsibility for the 3-2 loss to FC Goa, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday.

"I started with the wrong team, I probably started with the wrong formation and I have to accept responsibility for that. I exposed my team to FC Goa more than I should have. When we made the change at half time we had a much better shape to our team.

"I'm sitting here disappointed that we didn't get at least a point. We deserved a point after the outstanding second-half performance. Goa was happier than us to hear the final whistle," the Englishman quipped.

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Brazilian midfielder Raphael Augusto, heavily taped on the knee, was not fully fit, Gregory confirmed. "He's not been 100 per cent fit and he suffered a couple of heavy challenges today. We wanted to take him off just before the penalty but good thing we didn't. He is a strong lad and it's difficult to keep him from playing."

The winning coach Sergio Lobera was content with his side's showing today. "The first half was what we wanted to do. The second half was a lesson for us and will help us learn for the future. We took our opportunities in the first half but the goals we conceded were individual errors, so we have to improve overall as a team," he said.

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