FC Goa will be like a wounded animal, we must respect them: Jamshedpur FC's Owen Coyle
Owen Coyle wants his team to be more clinical in front of goal as Jamshedpur FC play their second match of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 against FC Goa at Athletic Stadium, Bambolim on Friday.
In their first match against SC East Bengal, the Jamshedpur-based club took 12 shots in the game out of which only three were on target and one went in. The scorecard read 1-1 at the full time whistle. After having the majority of possession, Coyle and co would have felt that they should have taken more than a point.
With both teams struggling a bit in their opening match, the clash between Jamshedpur FC and FC Goa is a crucial encounter. Jamshedpur FC have faced FC Goa eight times in their history. They have only won on two occasions. It remains to be seen if the Men of Steel can come up with the goods this time around and grab all three points in an all important tie.
Ahead of their match against FC Goa, head coach Coyle addressed the media during the official pre-match press conference.
Here are the excerpts from the press conference.
Historically Jamshedpur FC don’t have a good record against FC Goa. So are you looking forward to bettering the record?
What has happened before has a little or no effect on the game that’s to come. We have to make sure that we are the best version of ourselves. And FC Goa will have the same plan. They’re going to be hurting from losing the first game. And they’re going to be like a wounded animal who is dangerous. We know if we are our best as a team we can win. And that's our focus. We have to be very respectful of FC Goa. They are a fantastic club, with a great philosophy, great players and outstanding young coach Juan Ferrando.
In the last match against SC East Bengal, the team had 12 shots but only one goal. So how is the scoring rate going to become better?
We obviously felt we dominated the game. When we went a goal behind, we showed great character. We finished very strongly trying to win the game. We created 12 attempts and maybe we could have created more. We have to be more clinical, we certainly had some wonderful chances. They kept us out with a couple of good saves in all fairness. So I think moving forward, yes, of course, we want to continue to create that amount of chances. But make sure we're more clinical.
Jamshedpur FC was one of the three teams that started with foreign pairing at center-back. Do you think that leaves you a little short on creativity?
Well, regardless of how you decide to deploy your foreigners, whether you know you have two center-backs, one center-back or no center-back, that's a challenge head coaches will face. But it gives an opportunity to Indian players to come in and show that the team can cope with the absence of a center-back or a no.10 or a central midfielder. Ultimately as coaches we have to pick the best team available and try to win.
Komal Thatal when he came in the second half, he sparked the attack. What are your thoughts on Komal and will we get to see him more often?
Yeah, we will certainly see Komal play as well as Boris. I mean, these are two young, talented players that we know we can develop. They are very good players for Jamshedpur FC and they can go into very good careers.
This fixture last season robbed you off the semi-final spot. Does this upset you?
Yeah, it upset me last season for sure. But that’s football. You know, sometimes even in a game, somebody can score a very good goal against you. We can't get emotionally involved in losing the goal. We have to get back and focused.