Want to finish in the highest position possible: Jamshedpur FC's Owen Coyle after win
Jamshedpur FC got a dramatic 3-2 victory over Mumbai City FC at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa to keep themselves in contention for the top spot in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL).
JFC Head Coach Owen Coyle was delighted with his side’s performance and character. The Men of Steel scored two goals in the first half to take the lead. However, they were pegged back by two goals by MCFC in the second half. In the end, a dramatic stoppage-time winner by Greg Stewart was the difference between the two sides.
This result takes Jamshedpur FC to third in the league table and they are only one point behind first-place Hyderabad FC, with a game in hand.
Owen Coyle addressed the media after the game.
Here are some excerpts from his press conference:
How inspirational was the win?
Yeah, but there was another massive win against Kerala Blasters FC because you're playing direct rivals for the top four spots. So, those games are proverbial six-pointers, if we lost we would have been three points behind Mumbai. So, that's how crucial the game was.
First half we were outstanding, it could have been three or four-nil if truth be told. And then we expected that we'd have to suffer a little bit in the second half because Mumbai are champions for a reason. They're a proud team with wonderful players.
Subconsciously, we were probably trying to protect the two-nil lead although you could hear me cheering the boys on to get pressure on them because when you don't get pressure on Mumbai, they'll cut you open and that's what happened.
But that being said I don't think any of the two awards for Mumbai were a penalty. I need to see them back. But they were very, very soft. It allowed Mumbai to come back and make it 2-2. We were always dangerous on the counter-attack. But this group of players picked ourselves up again, we got forward obviously it was a clear handball, and Greg dispatched it so we got the three points. I think we deserved them. We certainly had to work very hard against wonderful opponents. But of course, it's a valuable three points.
What does a result like this do to the mood of the camp?
Well, we always have a very positive mood anyway. But of course, when you win it enhances. We've been winning quite a lot. I think that's five of the last six games. We don't get too low when we lose, because we've had a couple of punches in the nose. But we've picked ourselves up quickly. So we're always trying to stay balanced, so it was important, but it's finished. Now, the most important game for us is the next one. We have to prepare for the game and then play it again the next day. So it's a big ask, mainly to get some freshness from the team. But the important thing is that we go with the same desire to win another three points.
Is the target of finishing first a reality now?
Well, why not? I mean, I've got to say first and foremost, Jamshedpur FC has never been in the semi-finals. So that was obviously a target at the start of the season. But we've shown that we can stand toe-to-toe with the best teams in the league. So, we want to finish at the highest possible spot. If it's first, we don’t want to be second, and if it’s second we don’t want to be third. But we're certainly striving as everyone else is for that top spot, some very good teams in the league teams that we still have to play against. So everything is in our own hands, we will decide our own fate. If we perform to our maximum as we did in the first half, we are a match for anybody.