We weren't ruthless enough: Bengaluru FC head coach Simon Grayson

Bengaluru FC head coach Simon Grayson felt his team was not ruthless enough when it came to converting the chances as the Blues went down against Hyderabad FC at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangaluru, in the latest fixture of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL), on Friday.

Bartholomew Ogbeche's opener and Sandesh Jhingan's own goal gave the visitors a strong lead going into half-time. A goal in the dying minutes by Joel Chianese sealed the victory for Manolo Marquez's men as Hyderabad FC climbed to the top spot of the Hero ISL points table.

Grayson expressed that the team didn't take their chances and Hyderabad FC did the exact opposite and made the most out of it.

"We didn't score enough goals and they did. That's the basics of it all. I've just said to the players how we lost that game tonight three nil is beyond me that we dominated the game for large parts of the game," the Bengaluru FC head coach said in the post-match press conference.

Bengaluru FC kept more than 60% of possession, but failed to translate those into a goals. With the least number of goals (7) scored in the league, the Blues are struggling to find the back of the net and the head coach emphasised how this is hurting the team the most.

"The stats with 61 percent possession, but we weren't ruthless enough. And that's the difference between the two teams. Their chances came along and they were half chances to start with and they got the goals. They manage games, they are used to winning matches and we just are not ruthless enough in the final third, be it the right cross, the right pass, the right shot, the decision making," Grayson explained.

The Englishman mentioned about how his team's performance was better than the reverse fixture where BFC lost by a solitary goal in Hyderabad. Grayson added that the team is trying to score the perfect goal at times, which is a result of the team being not positive enough and the confidence comes with scoring goals, which the team is lacking at this moment.

"That's the thing I'm talking about is that we're not positive enough and confidence comes with you scoring goals. You take half a yard and you score, we try to score the perfect goal in terms of too many touches. We're not quick enough in and around the 18-yard box. We do this every day in training the players they're whacking things in and scoring from all the tight angles," he said.

"Imagine this performance. The difference was we played far better tonight than we did in Hyderabad and only lost 0-1. We played better today than we did last week against Jamshedpur FC where we won last week because we took our chances when they came along early on and then we didn't make too many mistakes. Tonight, we didn't take our chances when they came and we gave them a couple of goals. Against a team like Hyderabad FC, they know how to win games, how to manage the game, the goalkeeper goes down and takes time on the ball. That's part of football. So the big difference was that we didn't take our chances but we were far better tonight than we have been for large parts and probably that's the best we've played but we've lost 0-3, that's football. It's frustrating and disappointing at times," he added.

Grayson rued his side's finishing against Hyderabad FC but also mentioned that BFC needed to add more quality to their deliveries. He hailed the impact of midfielder Pablo Perez, who came on as a substitute.    

"Well, I think it's probably hurt us a lot this season (the finishing). We haven't scored lots of goals this season. So it's reflective and it's not just the strikers. They're judged on the goals of course but it's the final pass, the final cross. Are we making it better? Can we make better delivery? Can we make the right option better? You look at Pablo (Perez) when he comes on the pitch at half-time.

He makes a massive difference. He sees quality and he's got a lot fitter and fitter. And if you get more people like him on the pitch, you've got a better opportunity to create and take opportunities. So yeah, we've got what we have but confidence is a big thing. Roy Krishna and Sunil Chettri, they've got loads and loads of goals in their careers and that's the frustrating thing for them. For me and the supporters is that they can't seem to get that little thing called a white ball in the back of the net at times," Grayson said. 

 

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