Roca: Gurpreet red card was a right decision

The BFC head coach was less enthused, though, with the referee's decision to allow Corominas to enter the pitch in the middle of an attacking move that led to the opening goal.

"It's a shame because Manuel has provoked that action. But my goalkeeper cannot react like that," said BFC head coach Albert Roca.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Albert Roca had no dispute with Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's red card in Bengaluru FC's defeat to FC Goa here on Thursday, stating that his goalkeeper had to learn to control himself better in the face of provocation.

Referee R. Palmson Moses Raj sent off Sandhu after a clash with Manuel Lanzarote in the box, reducing the visiting side to 10 men with nearly an hour left to play.

"It was the right decision," said Roca afterwards. "It's a shame because Manuel has provoked that action. But my goalkeeper cannot react like that. He's young and has a lot of quality. But he has to control himself. He has put us today in big trouble. But I don't want to blame the defeat on him."

The BFC head coach was less enthused, though, with the referee's decision to allow Corominas to enter the pitch in the middle of an attacking move that led to the opening goal. The Spaniard, who was upended by John Johnson, had been receiving treatment on the sidelines before he was waved on. "I do not agree with the refereeing action," he said. "Coro was out. The referee let him go in with the ball in attack. We were surprised to see him coming from there. Normally you should let him go in defence. But I don't want to complain because it's our fault we lost."

Roca sought to blame early errors, instead, for his side's defeat. "We made a lot of mistakes at the beginning of the game and they punished us every time,” he said. “At half-time, I told my players that it was a crazy game. The first thing we had to do was be calm. In a way we scored (the equalizer at 3-3) too early. It's almost impossible [to hold out] for that long."

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