We let ourselves down in the final pass: Jamshedpur FC’s Greg Stewart

Jamshedpur FC forward Greg Stewart rued the lack of the final pass from his team as the primary reason for them not walking away with full points in a 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters FC in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Tilak Maidan Stadium, on Sunday.

Stewart scored a brilliant curling free-kick to draw first blood in the 14th minute for their Red Miners, which was negated by a strike from Sahal Abdul Samad later on in the first half. Despite playing high-intensity football, in the second half, none of the team managed to find the target.

“Maybe (was the result fair), maybe in hindsight. Yeah, it probably was, but I felt like we got into good positions tonight and we didn't make that final pass and we let ourselves down on that final pass, which was disappointing, but then we'll take a draw,” said Stewart, during the post-match interview.

The potential goal of the tournament, which was struck by the Scottish footballer, rattled the near post and went inside the target, as the Kerala Blasters FC custodian had no chance whatsoever. The Scottish footballer threw light on what compelled him to take such a brave strike.

“Yeah. I watched a couple of videos of their goalkeeper (Prabhsukhan Singh Gill) from free-kicks and I saw he takes a lot of gambles. He leaves the front post open quite a lot, so I thought I'll try and have a go. They don't always go in like this. So yeah, I'm obviously happy that it went in,” added the forward, who was also awarded the Hero of the Match.

Blasters’ Sahal Abdul, who scored in his third consecutive game, felt that the team showed good character to stage a comeback after conceding the first goal, but wasn't not satisfied with just one point.

“I told you it was good to come back into the game, after conceding a goal we really fought well. And, as a team we should never be satisfied with the point. We always need three points at the end of the day. So we have to keep working hard, like we always do, and of course we will continue doing it,” remarked Samad, after the draw.

Despite delivering consistently, the midfielder is usually taken off in the latter stages of the game. However, Sahal is not worried and feels that the coach has the final say regarding these matters.

“As a player, we always love to complete 90 minutes of play on the field and give everything. But, at the end of the day it's the coach's decision whether a  player will be playing 90 minutes or not according to his strategy. So I’ll keep working harder, that's all I can do,” stated the Indian footballer.

Kerala Blasters FC will be up against FC Goa in their next match on January 2, at the same venue. On the other hand, Jamshedpur FC is set to lock horns with Chennaiyin FC later that evening, at Athletic Stadium, in Bambolim.

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