FC Goa deserved to win the game: Jamshedpur FC's Scott Cooper
Jamshedpur FC head coach Scott Cooper shared his thoughts after his side lost 1-0 against FC Goa in a tight game.
Jamshedpur FC head coach Scott Cooper feels that his team's quality in the final third cost them the points as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to FC Goa in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Monday.
FC Goa secured the three points in an end-to-end attacking contest where both teams had many efforts on target. Despite Jamshedpur FC having more possession in the game, FC Goa had the greater number of shots. Substitute Victor Rodriguez gave FC Goa the lead in the 82nd minute with a well-taken header from a cross by Udanta Singh.
Jamshedpur FC had more possession; however, they registered only one shot on target throughout the game. Cooper expressed disappointment with his side's poor decision-making in the final third of the pitch.
“We can say that we had more passes, but that is just passing. We have to look at the final third. We had two chances to score early on in the game, and we hit the target just once,” Scott Cooper said in the post-match press conference.
“We advanced the ball and got into the defensive third of FC Goa. When we got there, the decision-making was poor. The decisions in that last third cost us the game,” he further stated.
“When FC Goa scored, we woke up a little bit, and then we started penetrating and going for it a little more. If that energy, aggression, and quality were present in the game from the start, we would have probably won the game,” he added.
The result saw FC Goa reclaim their position at the top of the ISL table, taking over from Kerala Blasters FC. The Gaurs have won five of their six games so far while staying unbeaten. Jamshedpur FC, on the other hand, suffered their fourth defeat of the season and have not managed to pick up a win in their last four matches.
The Englishman praised FC Goa's performance and their directness on the pitch, believing that FC Goa rightly deserved the three points.
“Congratulations to FC Goa; they are a good team, and we have to respect that,” Cooper said. “FC Goa played more direct today, which surprised me a little bit. Overall, they deserved to win the game today,” he added.
Cooper wants to focus on making his players develop their composure in the final third during their next training sessions.
“We have to get to the training ground and get players to be a bit more composed in the final third of the pitch,” Cooper said.