Conceding three goals in the first half made it hard for us: Jamshedpur FC’s Greg Stewart

Jamshedpur FC forward Greg Stewart expressed disappointment for his team conceding three goals in the first half in the 2-4 loss against defending Mumbai City FC in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, on Thursday.

Goals from Gabriel Cassio, Bipin Singh, Igor Angulo and Ygor Catatau helped the Islanders secure a well-deserved win, while Komal Thatal and Eli Sabia were on the scoresheet for the Red Miners.

“It’s difficult when you give one of the best teams in the league three goals at the start. So we made it very hard for ourselves, but I can only take the positives from our performance in the second half. I think we showed character,” said Greg Stewart, during the post-match interview.

Cassio, who was awarded the Hero of the Match, for netting once and providing two assists, was delighted with his performance.

“It’s great to score goals and give assists, but I think the most important part is getting the three points. Chennaiyin FC is a good team (next match), but we have the confidence to win it, to play a great game,” stated the Brazilian footballer.

Mumbai City FC head coach Des Buckingham lauded his forwards for the powerful performance up front, with three of them finding the back of the net against Jamshedpur FC. The manager explained how difficult it has been for him to leave any one of them from the side.

“Yeah, very difficult (to leave one of the forwards), but again, what an impact, that’s what you want from the players that come on, to finish the game. You want them to come and have an impact and (Ygor) Catatau has done that several times now,” said Buckingham, after Mumbai City FC’s win.

“Igor showed what kind of finisher and a poacher he can be with the excellent third goal. And to bring someone of Catatau’s quality in an important time of the game for us. Whether it’s Catatau or Vikram whoever we bring on, the impact of the substitutes have been key in the last couple of games.”

Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle feels that they were always in the game against the Islanders, but were unfortunately on the losing side, for giving away easy goals.

“We were never beaten. We're always in the game. I mean, I'm disappointed overall, because with all due respect, Mumbai City FC is a wonderful side, you don't have to gift them goals, you can score some good goals without gifting them, but we did that. I mean, when you analyze the game, you look at the score line. But, you look at the game tonight, I mean, we were more than a match from Mumbai City FC, in various things in the game,” remarked Coyle.

Jamshedpur will be up against Odisha FC in their next match on December 14 at the Tilak Maidan, in Vasco. On the other hand, Mumbai City FC will face Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, on December 15.

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