Coyle: Very important that Jamshedpur FC finish the season on a strong note
Jamshedpur FC landed a shock blow to Mumbai City FC in Match 100 of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2020-21 at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Saturday. Second-half goals from substitutes Boris Singh and David Grande earned the three points for Jamshedpur and their head coach Owen Coyle was satisfied with the overall performance of his team.
“It was a great victory, fully deserved. From the first to the last whistle, we were the dominant team and controlled the game. We scored two and could have had a few more. All the credit goes to the players,” Coyle said at the post-match press conference.
Coyle expressed his delight with the improvement that the team have shown in the last few games and now expects his players to finish the season on a strong note. “We have been playing well and winning games. It is very important that we finish the season on a strong note [having been more or less out of semis contention]. We have shown a remarkable improvement from last season and that is what we have to continue doing moving forward,” said the Jamshedpur head coach.
He also heaped praise on his defensive unit who kept a clean sheet as well as the Mumbai City attackers at bay, allowing just one shot on target in the whole match. “Another clean sheet tonight again. [Peter] Hartley and [Stephen] Eze have been outstanding. The boys in the defence stood up to everything that Mumbai City had. We have a lot of positives moving forward and that is something we have got to continue,” said Coyle.
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Meanwhile, Mumbai City head coach Sergio Lobera was disappointed with his team’s inability to create chances but commended Jamshedpur FC for converting theirs. “In the most important moment of the season we are losing games. Against Bengaluru FC, we created a lot of chances and were good in some periods of the game. [Normally] We are strong on the ball but in the first half, we couldn’t string together 10 passes. It’s difficult for us playing against a very good team. If we easily give them chances (to score), then this situation is possible,” he said.
Adding to this, the head coach explained the factors that contributed to their loss against Jamshedpur FC. “We were using long balls to try and arrive quickly against good and tall defenders who were comfortable. We didn't manage the situation well. We need to keep possession of the ball. We need to try and find the spaces in the opponent’s half,” he said.
First-placed ATK Mohun Bagan now stand a chance to seal the top spot with a game in hand when they play Hyderabad FC on Monday. Sharing his thoughts on the same, Lobera said, “Till now, we depended on ourselves. But now, we have to wait for the result on Monday. It is a difficult situation. I think that the game between ATK Mohun Bagan and Hyderabad FC is not an easy game, and if they do not win, we will have our chances again.”
Watch Sergio Lobera's Post-Match Press conference here: