Greg Stewart is certainly the best player in Hero ISL: Jamshedpur FC’s Owen Coyle
Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle was thrilled with his team’s performance and lauded his players for an outstanding performance as they beat Kerala Blasters FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Athletic stadium in Bambolim on Thursday.
Two Greg Stewart penalties (45’), (48’) and a third strike from Daniel Chima (53’) sent Kerala Blasters FC packing as the Men of Steel sealed their seventh victory of the season lifting them to the second spot in the league standings, one-point adrift league leaders Hyderabad FC.
Coyle was confident of his team scoring more goals than what the scoreline witnessed, but the Scotsman heaped praise on his Kerala Blasters FC counterpart Ivan Vukomanovic and stated that the Blasters would make the top four.
The Jamshedpur FC head coach addressed the media after the match.
Here are the excerpts of the post-match press conference
First penalty in 32 matches for the team after 14 months. What is the defining moment of the match?
Well obviously, they’re penalties. It’s like the London bus, you wait for one and another one comes in right after, you wait for one and two come together and that’s what happened tonight. Greg [Stewart], Boris [Singh], everyone was outstanding. Greg is certainly the best player in the league.
I’ve said it from the beginning, Daniel Chima is a wonderful player, not because he scores goals but what he brings to the team. The touch, the kick, everything was brilliant from the lad tonight.
We scored three and could’ve scored more than that and of course I’ve got to say, we’ve won against a very good Kerala side who I believe will be in the top four. They’ve got an outstanding coach, very good players, and Kerala are tough nut for anybody to crack.
You’ve spoken about your interest in Daniel Chima, can you tell us more about his consistency in terms of his performance?
It’s important that you’re consistent, both in your performances on the pitch, and off the pitch personality. He’s an outstanding player, we’ve got Greg on the front, some amazing wingers down the sides, Jamshedpur is a very exciting team and Daniel Chima is playing a very big part in it.
Coming from a defeat in the last match, how satisfied are you with the boys in today’s result?
It was important to freshen up a little bit. Coming on the back of a defeat against Bengaluru where we made a lot of mistakes, long throws, a corner, but all the goalscoring chances were saved unlike tonight. But we were a better defensive unit, and the midfield did very well. So, I am delighted because when you look through our team, we have players who didn’t think they’re good enough at their former clubs, but I knew they were good enough. I know their ability, how we want to play in our system, the energy we’re bringing with high intensity play, how brave we are, how attack-minded we are, and all those boys are playing their part.
Four wins and three clean sheets in the last five matches. What are your thoughts on going ahead after such impressive results?
Yes, we’re working hard, and there’s still more work to do ahead of us. We’ve learned our mistakes from the Bengaluru game, and what was important is that we learnt to rebound quickly. There is pure spirit and camaraderie when you’re winning but the truth is when you have a difficult moment, when you lose a game, you have to bounce back, and we showed that tonight. From the first minute till the last, the boys were outstanding tonight.