A very tough day for the players: Hyderabad FC’s Thangboi Singto
Hyderabad FC head coach Thangboi Singto reacts to his side's heavy defeat against Jamshedpur FC.
Hyderabad FC head coach Thangboi Singto expressed his dismay as his side suffered a heavy defeat to Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday.
Daniell Chima Chukwu led the Men of Steel from the front, securing a hat-trick and becoming only the second Jamshedpur FC player to achieve this feat in the ISL. This remarkable performance contributed to their biggest win in the ISL. Notably, it marked the first hat-trick of the season. Super-sub Seiminlen Doungel added to the tally with a precise left-footed long-range strike, and Jonathan Moya's own goal ensured that they handed Hyderabad FC their joint biggest defeat in the ISL.
Singto acknowledges that it has been a tough day for his players after facing such a significant defeat. However, he urges his players to stay positive, learn from these failures, and move forward.
“It's a very tough day for the players,” Singto stated in the post-match press conference.
“But as a group, we have to learn our lessons. Today we had a few good chances, but their goalkeeper (Rehenesh TP) was very good, and the defenders of Jamshedpur FC were quite sharp today. Of course, the goals they scored were very clinical. But for us, nothing can be worse than this. We have to look up and stay positive; try to go forward positively,” he added.
After recovering from a major injury sustained in the first match against East Bengal FC, Laxmikant Kattimani seized his first opportunity under the goalposts for Hyderabad FC. Singto expressed his rationale for choosing Kattimani over Gurmeet Singh.
“Before this match, we played ten games, and we have not won a game. To be fair, in the training, we felt that Laxmikant Kattimani was ready," he said.
“In the last game, we lost by 3-0. I am not blaming Gurmeet Singh as such or anything like that. It was a team game. We lose together, and we win together. I think we felt that it was the right time to bring Laxmikant Kattimani looking ahead of Gurmeet Singh,” Singto added.
Singto perceives the nature of the defeat, asserting that his team missed crucial opportunities. He also remarked that the night in Hyderabad unequivocally belonged to Jamshedpur FC.
“It's a bit painful for everyone—for the fans, for the players especially,” he said.
“We feel for the players because in every match they've been giving their best. We were out of the game in some phases. Whenever Jamshedpur FC got the chance on the counter, it looked like they were going to score. We could not really take our chances like in the previous games. It was Jamshedpur FC’s day today,” he continued.
Singto urges his team to regroup and look forward to the remainder of the season.
“I won't say it’s a failure, but a collective disappointment.”
“We'll come off of that collectively. We have to find players who can give us goals upfront. It's tough, but let's go ahead,” he concluded.