It should be a good game against Odisha FC: Jamshedpur FC's Scott Cooper
Scott Cooper is eyeing to end the year on a positive note with a win against Odisha FC.
Jamshedpur FC head coach Scott Cooper eyes securing full points against Odisha FC when the two sides lock horns in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Friday.
The Men of Steel are coming off a resounding 5-0 victory over the bottom-placed Hyderabad FC and will aim to build on that momentum, securing another win before going into the January break.
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The Irish-English tactician believes it will be a good game of football, with two teams of similar footballing dynamics facing off.
“These are two teams that play the ball on the ground instead of in the air. I like the way Odisha FC and we play, so I think the fans who like football should watch the game, it should be a good game,” Cooper stated in the pre-match press conference.
“Of course, we need the points; we feel we should have more points. Even the coach of Odisha FC said in the last game that we are a team that should have more points but the reality is we don't,” he added.
In the reverse fixture earlier in December, Jamshedpur FC narrowly went down to Odisha FC as a solitary goal by Roy Krishna proved to be the decider. The head coach dismisses any notion of seeking revenge and instead believes that both teams will be aiming to secure a win on Friday.
“We want to win because the defeat in Jamshedpur doesn't mean that they will win this game too. It doesn't mean we want revenge. It means both teams want three points,” he stated.
Despite several good performances in the first half of the season, Jamshedpur FC failed to collect points in their bag. In fact, their victory against Hyderabad FC was only their second win in the league this season.
Speaking in this context, Cooper said, “We had good performances and below expectations on the results. If we were to win the game tomorrow, we'd be up to six. I think we were able to take that because we're still a developing team. There's a lot of young players and players learning new positions.”
“If we win tomorrow, we'd still be frustrated because we'd look back on many games where we've outshot opponents and outplayed opponents. A reflection of tomorrow's game, no matter what happens; we'll still be the same. We're showing some very good signs and good football. The points should have been a little bit more, but that's sometimes football,” he signed off.