It hurts as we are not going to the finals: Jamshedpur FC’s Owen Coyle
Kerala Blasters FC edged Jamshedpur to the 2021-22 Hero Indian Super League (ISL) final berth with a 2-1 aggregate scoreline after a 1-1 draw in the second leg of the semi-final at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, Goa, on Tuesday.
Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle was dejected as his men left to be content with the League Shield winner.
Adrian Luna (18') gave the southerners a two-goal cushion on aggregate before Pronay Halder's (50') equaliser in Tuesday's tie ensured that the Red Miners kept it interesting till the end.
Come the final on Sunday, the Blasters will face the winner between ATK Mohun Bagan and Hyderabad FC in the second semi-final clash on Wednesday.
Coyle addressed the media after the game.
Here are some excerpts from his press conference:
What does this loss means to you as you’re not going to the finals?
Yeah, of course, it hurts when you don't go to play the final and you won’t be able to do the double.
In tonight's game, we certainly failed to manage to get into extra time. Anyways we felt we did enough to win the game. Although Kerala Blasters FC had some good chances on the counter-attack, which was always going to happen because we have committed so many players forward.
And then even going to go behind 2-0 many teams would have felt sorry for themselves. But we picked ourselves and we kept going. Obviously, there are a few very close things in the second half to get that done to go 2-1 in front.
Obviously disappointed to be out of the competition. That being said we had an amazing season, surely the best team in the country over 20 games. But I want to say good luck to Kerala Blasters FC. They're a good team, good players. So we give credit where credit's due. Whoever they play in the final, it's going to be a terrific game.
How are you going to keep the current players for next season?
That's the nature of football, some people come, some people go but I’m sure when I'm recruiting, I can get good players. I can go and get players that want to play for me. That's not a conversation for today. I've got a lot of stuff myself to be thinking over as I said before, I've been away from my family a long time everything else. So we'll take one disappointment and then as always, we move on from there.
What’s the plan now for you and the club?
Well, I'll sit down with the management as we did last year. The club had been fantastic, months ago they said to me that I’m staying on. That for me shows the quality of people we have at the football club.
Jamshedpur FC is an amazing club and they have amazing people, and as I mentioned before, in terms of being in India because I've been lots of people would obviously like you're there to help them. But if I'm in India the only place that I will be would be is Jamshedpur. So there's a lot to think about and a lot to consider. And I'll sit down, have a good chat with management and we'll take it from there.