Iriondo pleased with improvements, Brown cites depleted squad

Jamshedpur FC put on a commanding performance at home against Hyderabad FC to register a 3-1 win on Tuesday. Farukh Choudhary opened the scoring for the hosts before Marcelo Pereira equalised for Hyderabad at the stroke of half-time. Aniket Jadhav and Sergio Castel’s second-half goals sealed the victory and three points for Jamshedpur.

At the post-match press conference, Jamshedpur head coach Antonio Iriondo expressed his happiness at how the team’s performance level has improved compared to the last match and said, “I am happy with the match because I think we played better than the last game. We played more like we want to play today. Maybe we couldn’t continue keeping hold of the ball as much as we would have wanted to, but it was an improvement from the last match.”

The margin of victory could have been a lot bigger for Jamshedpur, if the team had fully utilized their chances. Speaking about the missed opportunities, the Spaniard opined, “Yes, we had chances to score a lot of goals. We would have loved to score more from the chances but the most important thing is that we were creating these chances and the team kept going and kept trying. I am happy that we won today.”

Farukh was the star of the show for the hosts and bagged his second Hero of the Match on a trot. However, the youngster did miss a few chances to add to his goals tally in both the matches. Asked if it was a concern, Iriondo opined, “No one wants to miss chances, but these things happen in football. Farukh is a good player and often, even great players miss a lot of chances. He is playing good, created a lot of opportunities and scored tonight. So, very happy with him.”

From the Hyderabad camp, head coach Phil Brown shared his thoughts about the match. Asked why his team failed to create enough chances despite having an equal share of possession on paper, the Englishman remarked, “I think this has a lot to do with the players that are available to me. I’ve got a lot of big players who are in the stands and are not available to me. I think I’ve got a good group of Indian players who do everything that is asked of them. They run through brick walls. They will demonstrate how to play the right game of football. But when you have that little bit to quality, it helps.”

“When you get to the final third on regular occasions and then don’t produce that final pass, that final shot, that final effort on goal, it’s disappointing. So basically, I’m ignoring the fact that I have many good players in the stands. Every team has got at least five foreign players available to them. We have three, bordering on two. And it’s hurting us big time. But it’s not for the lack of trying. I think the Indian players have the desire to win the game and I certainly think that the work rate is there. But we didn’t have enough quality on the pitch,” he added.

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