Coyle pleased as punch after breaking NorthEast’s unbeaten run
Jamshedpur FC ended NorthEast United FC’s unbeaten start to Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21 after a 1-0 win over the Highlanders at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Friday. Young Aniket Jadhav scored the only goal of the game as Idrissa Sylla missed the opportunity to equalise for NorthEast from the penalty spot. The victory against NorthEast extended Jamshedpur’s unbeaten run to six games after a defeat in their opening game and their head coach Owen Coyle felt that his side deserved to win in what was the 500th game in the history of the league.
“We have been on a great unbeaten run, albeit we have drawn some games that we feel we should have won. Tonight was the one to go and stamp the authority, get a few points and get up the table, which we have done. We were terrific from start to finish and feel we deserved the three points,” Coyle said at the post-match press conference.
Aniket scored his first goal of the season having missed some chances in the previous games. However, Coyle’s faith in the youngster was repaid in the form of a winner against NorthEast. “You are never going to score off every chance you get. The important thing for me was that Aniket was in a position to try and score. I have been there as a striker myself and missed many chances but also went back in again to score many goals. He has pace, he has power. We just need to give him a bit of an understanding of the game. He was outstanding today and fully deserved to score the winning goal,” he said.
Watch Owen Coyle's Post-Match Press conference here:
Meanwhile, NorthEast head coach Gerard Nus rued missed chances and praised Jamshedpur after they became the first team to defeat his side this season. “We had our chances. They saved the penalty that we got. It's been a really tough game, really competitive. They are a good side. They have got great players,” he said.
“The [opposition] goalkeeper is there for a reason. They try to do a job and he did it well. That's it. We learn from this and let's hope the next one will be in,” Nus added on the missed penalty.
When asked if NorthEast lacked a bit of attacking intent, Nus said: “I think we knew how to attack. Some things that we trained and prepared did not work because they are a magnificent side. They have got fantastic players and an intensive coach.”
Watch Gerard Nus' Post-Match Press conference here: