It is a must win game: Jamshedpur FC’s Scott Cooper
Jamshedpur FC head coach shared his thoughts on his side's game against Hyderabad FC.
Jamshedpur FC head coach Scott Cooper recognises the importance of his side's upcoming game against Hyderabad FC in Matchweek 11 of the Indian Super League (ISL) at the GMC Balayogi Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday.
Jamshedpur FC currently sit in 11th position in the league table with six points from 10 games. They have lost six games, drawn thrice and have won just one game so far this season.
Hyderabad FC sit in 12th position in the league table with four points from 10 games. They have lost six games, drawn four times and are still looking for their first win of the season.
Cooper understands that the upcoming match is a game that both sides want to win and accepts the difficult nature of the fixture.
“I see this as a game that both teams need to win. Both teams are under pressure to deliver points,” Cooper stated at the pre-match press conference.
“It is a must-win game for fans, the club and everyone alike. However, it will be a tough game,” he added.
Jamshedpur FC had beaten Hyderabad FC in the game between the two sides earlier this season courtesy of a 76th minute free kick by Japanese midfielder Rei Tachikawa. Cooper accepts that despite the result.
“Hyderabad FC were clearly better than us when they came to Jamshedpur,” Cooper said.
"It is very difficult for a team or coach to lose a game by a free kick after playing so well for the majority of the game,” he added.
Jamshedpur FC have lost three of their last four games by a one-goal margin. Cooper feels that despite losses, his team put in a good account of themselves in all three of these games.
“We have lost three games by a single goal and in each of those games we performed well,” Cooper said.
“We are proud of the football we play and we are proud of our philosophy,” he added.
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Jamshedpur FC goalkeeper TP Rehenesh joined head coach Scott Cooper in the pre-match press conference. He has played nine matches so far this season and accumulated three clean sheets.
Rehenesh is taking the upcoming game as any other fixture and not anything different. He feels that his fellow teammates are working hard on the training ground to improve results on the pitch.
“It is the same as every match. We are trying our best to get back to winning ways,” Rehenesh said.
Jamshedpur FC have conceded 11 goals so far this season which is a positive number despite their results. Rehenesh feels that his side's defensive work has been positive so far this season.
“I think we have one of the best defences in the league,” Rehenesh said.
“The communication between our defenders has been consistent,” he added.