Hyderabad FC head coach Thangboi Singto expressed concern at his team's inefficiency in front of the goal as they suffered a narrow defeat to Chennaiyin FC at the Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad on Monday.

Chennaiyin FC secured an early lead with a clever finish from Connor Shields. Despite a valiant effort from the home side, they struggled to find the back of the net. Hyderabad FC appeared more threatening in the second half, particularly with the introduction of players like Felipe Amorim, Jonathan Moya, and Makan Chothe, but victory eluded them.

Hyderabad FC has now completed their first three games of the season and has managed to score only one goal, which occurred in their opening fixture against East Bengal FC. They find themselves at the bottom of the league table with zero points. Singto lamented his team's missed opportunities and their goal-scoring struggles.

“For me, the concern is scoring goals. Maybe we had 68 percent of possession but we need to put the ball in the net and score. In the second half, we had a good chance by Pete (Petteri Pennanen) which was saved by Debjit (Majumder). Joe (Knowles) had one chance. And the cross from Joe to Aaren (D’silva) was almost there, maybe an inch or two away,” Singto said in the post-match press conference.  

Hyderabad FC attempted eight shots against Chennaiyin FC, but five of them missed the target. Despite dominating possession and keeping their opponents on the defensive, the home side struggled with their finishing. Singto called on his team to regroup and focus on improvement.

“Stat wise, we were much better than them, but we could not get any points. Going forward, we have to go back and just keep working hard,” Singto said.

“I think the boys did quite well, but there are areas where we have to improve, especially defensive transitions where we really need to press and win the ball. And with the ball we were good. We had 68 percent possession. But going forward, we need to be more clinical. We are creating chances but we need to put the ball in the net to win the game,” he added.