Bengaluru FC head coach Gerard Zaragoza is happy to secure a point away from home as his team played out a 1-1 draw with Jamshedpur FC in the final game of Matchweek 14 of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 season at JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur on Sunday.

The Blues started the match on the front foot, with captain Sunil Chhetri setting up Suresh Singh Wangjam for a screamer from the edge of the box within 14 minutes from kick-off, giving them an early 1-0 lead. However, the Men of Steel kept sending waves of attack in search of their equalizer, which they eventually ended up bagging in the 70th minute when Javier Siverio headed home Imran Khan’s picture-perfect cross, concluding the match 1-1 at full-time.

The head coach expressed that his team experienced fatigue due to the demanding schedule of the past week.

“The thing is that we were really tired. It was a tough week for us, playing away from home in Delhi, then coming home and facing Chennaiyin, and finally playing away again in Jamshedpur. I believe that we played a very good and tough defensive game. We stayed together, handling many 3v1 situations,” stated Zaragoza in the post-match press conference.

Nevertheless, Zaragoza is content with securing a point away from home and credits Jamshedpur FC for their commendable effort.

He added, “Of course, Jamshedpur wanted to win; that's normal. They (were) playing at home, they wanted to (get the three points). After 1-0, we did not score the second goal, and then they began to send in crosses repeatedly finally they scored. But we can be happy. One point outside home is always good. And the fight (for the top six) continues.” 

Midfield maestro Suresh Singh Wangjam netted his first goal of the ISL season in spectacular fashion. The 41-year-old was astonished by the screamer he produced.

He said, “Amazing goal! We joke with him that he did not score too many goals. I said that this season he will score a minimum of two goals. At the moment he has one. Let's continue for the second one.”