Odisha FC finally registered their first win Indian Super League after beating Kerala Blasters FC 4-2 at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Thursday. The Bhubaneswar-based club came back from a goal down to secure the morale-boosting victory, with Diego Mauricio scoring a brace. Odisha coach Stuart Baxter looked happy. And by beating Kerala Odisha literally celebrated their New Year! In the post- match press conference Baxter did not hide his happiness of the match result and said “I am very pleased for the players. They have been excellent and they have never folded. Honestly, this win wasn’t a surprise for me. We changed the way we were going to play. Giving away a goal and then totally dominating the next 75 minutes of the game, it was an awesome .”
This is the challenge for the players and hopefully we can go on a better run. The win gives them a huge boost. “This is the challenge for the players and hopefully we can go on a better run. The win gives them a huge boost. It will give them more belief. Certainly, we will be more confident in our own ability,” added Baxter.
Meanwhile, Kerala Blasters coach Kibu Vicuna was apologetic to Kerala fans following the defeat. Vicuna assessed the game and pinpointed where exactly his team lost the plot after going ahead early. “We started well and the game was even but it completely changed after the second goal. We didn’t react well and didn’t start the second half well. When we concede four goals, it’s almost impossible to get the three points. However, Vicuna was willing to shrug off the disappointment and bounce back strong against Jamshedpur in the next assignment. “The good thing is that now we have a game on Sunday. We have to react because we are Kerala Blasters and we have to focus on the next game and get the three points against Jamshedpur on Sunday,” said , in the Post-match press conference.