We need our momentum back at home : Bengaluru FC head coach Simon Grayson

Bengaluru FC head coach Simon Grayson wants to get consecutive wins for the first time this season and give something back to their supporters as Bengaluru FC host Odisha FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2022-23 on Saturday.

Bengaluru FC are currently in the eighth position in the table and got their fourth win in 13 matches last week. The Blues are looking to change their results at home, a ground where Bengaluru FC have usually excelled.

Grayson spoke about the positive atmosphere in the dressing room after their win against NorthEast United FC but mentioned that they remained grounded for the next clash.

"Any time you win a match, players are jubilant but we haven't achieved anything, We were straight back to work on Monday focusing on Odisha FC again, we've got to do one thing that is back-to-back wins and if we manage to do that as well, we're gonna be able to be a very happy camp on Sunday morning. Winning brings extra confidence, extra belief and a smile to everybody's face. So it gives us spring in our step, but we certainly have not gotten carried away with ourselves. We need to back it up with a really good result again at the weekend," Grayson said in the pre-match press conference.

In the last game against NorthEast United FC, Bengaluru FC started the game without their two experienced players, Sunil Chhetri and Sandesh Jhingan. The changes made by the head coach worked well as Sivasakthi Narayan got his first Hero ISL goal and the team was pretty solid defensively as well. The head coach explained the thought process behind those decisions ahead of the match.

"I looked at it for a few different reasons. Sometimes, you have to refresh the squad a little bit. We've done quite a bit of travelling then. Jhingan had a thigh injury which just kept them out of training on Monday so I didn't want to take any chances. You have to make the right call on changing it for different reasons, such as Freshness, travelling reasons and injury reasons. Whatever team I pick and whoever leaves out and does it for the best decision to get a result and that means leaving Sunil Chhetri as well like last weekend. So you've got tough decisions to make as a coach and hopefully then tough decisions end up being successful decisions," he said.

Odisha FC are coming after a thumping 3-1 win against East Bengal FC. A win against Bengaluru FC may put Odisha FC in the third position in the table. Josep Gombau team's main striker Diego Mauricio's red-hot form is expected to yield another good result at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru. Grayson acknowledged the talents in the opposite camp and expects nothing other than a cracker of a game.

"Certainly they (Odisha FC) have improved. They have got some talented players, got goal scorers on the books and done very well, they are desperate to secure one spot in the top 6 places. Lately not been on a great run in the last 5-6 games but a good win against East Bengal FC last week. Both teams were desperate for three points, for us to close the gap on them, for them to pull away from us and to try and secure a place. So it's got the ingredients of a good game. They are very good defensively but also going forward, they've got some talented players," he commented.

As Hero ISL 2022-23 is reaching the business end of the season, Bengaluru FC is going to play five games out of seven games in Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru. Being the successful team at home in the past, the fans expect a late turnaround by the team. The head coach acknowledges this home advantage and is looking forward to changing their fortunes with the fans on their side.

"It (home matches) will have an impact in many different ways, it can have an impact on us, getting into the playoffs, but we can also determine who's gonna be finishing in the playoffs, who’s gonna win the title etc. One thing we've got to do is to try and get our momentum back at home and win matches for our supporters. These players haven't seen too many defeats over a number of years and this season we've suffered defeats at the club. We are not used to it and we want to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible. West block blues are backing us. But we've got to give them something to cheer about as well. It's a two-word thing and if we can win Saturday night, then it's going to set up well for the last set of home matches," he concluded.

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