Felt we created enough chances to win: Jamshedpur FC’s Greg Stewart
Jamshedpur FC forward Greg Stewart expressed displeasure for not logging full against Hyderabad FC in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Athletic Stadium, in Bambolim, Goa on Thursday.
Stewart’s strike in the 41st minute was cancelled out by Hyderabad FC’s Bartholomew Ogbeche in the 56th as both teams shared the spoils in an entertaining match.
“That's disappointing because I felt we created enough chances to win the match. And our goalkeeper didn't have much to do, but unfortunately we conceded the goal and in the end it was a draw. So we have to take the positives (from the game),” said Stewart, after the match.
Hyderabad FC’s Bartholomew Ogbeche was critical of their performance against the Red Miners and felt that they were very lucky to walk away with a point from the match.
“Pretty tough (the match). The toughest game we have played till now, I must be honest. And I think, after the last game we thought we were going to get some wins, or try at least and take advantage and get the momentum going,” stated Ogbeche, during the post-match press conference.
“In the first four-five minutes, we were just not in the game. We got choked and then it was just impossible for us to get out of our half. And then we couldn’t even get three-four passes going,” added the striker.
Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle rued missed opportunities for losing two points in the game, but felt they are now a far more accomplished team compared to the previous season at the same stage.
“First and foremost, there is a respect for a very good opposition. I think sometimes you don't play well because you're not allowed to play well. And that's credit to their players. You see, we play at a very high intensity when we get a fit team. They're getting better,” said Coyle, after the draw.
“We're disappointed, we felt we did enough to win the three points. That being said, when you have Bartholomew Ogbeche in the park, there's always a chance of allowing goals and he is capable of that quality. But we certainly got opportunities to get a bigger lead and win the game. So as for the two points dropped, we are three points better off at this stage than where we were in the last season and we look a far more accomplished team,” added the manager.
Hyderabad FC head coach Manuel Marquez was disappointed with the performance of his team, but also felt that the point earned from the game was important for team.
“I think the first half has been the worst first half since I have become the coach of Hyderabad FC, and all the credit to Jamshedpur FC, but we played very very bad. We were not compact, with Stewart playing free between the defensive line and the midfielders,” stated Marquez.
“I think that 1-0 was a fair score in the first half. At the half-time, we discussed that we can win, lose, or draw. The team did not work in the first half. But in the second half more or less, the team was playing like Hyderabad FC and the point for us was surely good,” he added.
Jamshedpur FC will be up against ATK Mohun Bagan on December 6, at the same venue, while Jamshedpur FC will face Bengaluru FC on December 8, also at the Athletic Stadium, in Bambolim.