Iriondo: Proud to win against Goa in their own home

Jamshedpur FC jumped to second in the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 table after a 1-0 win over FC Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Tuesday. Antonio Iriondo’s men were on top in the first half, taking the lead through Sergio Castel in the 17th minute. However, in the second 45, the Gaurs poured men forward and created a few openings, which were dealt with by the Jamshedpur defence.

After the result, a satisfied Iriondo spoke at the post-match press conference, where he began by expressing his delight with the three points. “I am very happy with the result. We played very well in the first half. Maybe not that good in the second half, but we fought, and we defended well. Having played against such a good team as this, it is one of the best teams in the league, and to be able to win at their own home is something to be very proud of. I’m happy.”

The Spaniard, who at his pre-match briefing had labelled the Gaurs, ATK and Bengaluru FC as the three best teams in the league, felt that his team had done reasonably well to collect four points from their fixtures against the trio so far. “Once again, with all the respect for the rest of the teams, Goa, Kolkata and Bengaluru are the three best teams in my opinion.”

He added: “So, we drew with Bengaluru and won here. So, we got one win, one draw and one loss, which I think is a very good balance, for playing against the top three teams in the league. So, yes, we are very happy with the result.”

Despite seeing his team climb to second in the table, the 66-year-old wasn’t getting carried away and stated, “The important thing is to be in this position at the end of the season. But the way we have started the season, it is something that is pushing us up and helping us to keep working and trying to go this way. So, hopefully, we can be in this position at the end of the season.”

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