It was not our day: Jamshedpur FC head coach Aidy Boothroyd

Jamshedpur FC head coach Aidy Boothroyd felt his team were unlucky as they went down to FC Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa, and suffered their second defeat in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2022-23 season, on Thursday.

Iker Guarrotxena and Noah Sadaoui got on the scoresheet in the first half before Brison Fernandes added another one for FC Goa in injury time. Boothroyd revealed the plan went right out the window after conceding two early goals, and that his side had to adapt to the game throughout. The 51-year-old said the second-half performance was what he expected from his team, but that the visitors were unfortunate.

Here are the excerpts from his post-match press conference:

What are the things that you take back from the match and make sure do not go wrong the next time?

We worked very hard on our game plan, depending on our opponents. FC Goa are a very good team, and we had a plan for them like every other team. Within the first four to five minutes, the plan went straight out the window, so we had to adapt and improvise. I was happy with our level of performance, individually and collectively, in the second half, and this is how football is for the coach or the players. For a minute, you are out of the game, and the next minute, you come fighting, and that is what we intend to do.

You spoke about the second half and said that Jamshedpur FC were hungrier than FC Goa. But what went wrong, since you could not finish?

We did create a lot of chances. We have to give credit to the FC Goa goalkeeper (Dheeraj Singh), who managed to keep the ball out. I would have been very worried if we conceded a lot of chances and goals without creating chances, and sometimes it is not just your day, and unfortunately that was the case for us tonight.

Do you think FC Goa took your team by surprise with the style they played?

We have played FC Goa in the pre-season, so not really. One can prepare as much as they like, but when you are 2-0 down after 10 minutes, it is a problem. We have to analyze how we managed to start so poorly, and make sure it does not happen again.

FC Goa played after a long time at their home stadium. Do you think that went in their favor, and were they more passionate about playing at home?

It was FC Goa’s night. The crowd was like any other crowd that wants the players to get going, and it made them excited. We gave them the opportunity to score two goals, and after that, any set of supporters would get cheered up and show us our place.

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