We were very good from start to finish: Chennaiyin FC’s Owen Coyle
Chennaiyin FC head coach Owen Coyle shared his thoughts as his side beat Bengaluru FC to notch their third win of the season.
Chennaiyin FC head coach Owen Coyle lauded his team for a complete performance as they got the better of Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Wednesday.
Both of Chennaiyin FC’s goals came through penalties with Rafael Crivellaro first breaking the deadlock early on, followed by another spot kick successfully converted by Jordan Murray in the second half.
The result saw Chennaiyin FC break their three-game winless streak with Owen Coyle’s side securing their third win of the season.
Although Bengaluru FC kept more possession of the ball, it was Chennaiyin FC that was more threatening among the two sides. They caused problems for the opposition defense throughout the game, also forcing plenty of saves from goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. Reflecting on the result, Coyle was happy for the win and the clean sheet but felt his side could have added to their tally.
“It was an outstanding performance from start to finish. 2-0, nice to get a clean sheet. If I'm honest, 2-0 flattered Bengaluru FC because we should have added to the score. I don’t think Debjit (Majumder) had a save in the first half, did he? Gurpreet (Singh Sandhu made) two or three great saves. And we were attacking, pressing, and we worked really hard, accepting they’ve got good players - Javi Hernandez, Sunil Chhetri, Halicharan (Narzary). These boys can do something on their own, but we were very good from start to finish,” he said in the post-match press conference.
“It’s always better when you get the win on the back of your three draws, but that’s also 12 points that we have had now from seven games. The only thing that has stopped us from a better league position is the first three games,” he added.
Vincy Barretto started ahead of Farukh Choudhary against Bengaluru FC, who was not included in the squad alongside goalkeeper Samik Mitra, adding to Chennaiyin FC’s list of injuries with the likes of Aakash Sangwan and Rahim Ali continuing to be ruled out. Coyle admitted that injuries have made it hard for his team, but was pleased with the players that stepped in.
“We’ve been tested really with injuries to Sarthak (Golui), Aakash, Farukh, Rahim. They're all starters, but the lads that came in tonight did a good job. Like I said, I have to concentrate on the ones that I have. Ninthoi (Meetei) was very good, Vincy (Baretto) showed some flashes, but there are other things that he can continue to learn like Irfan (Yadwad). He did some magic stuff when he came on and some other bits; I need to make him better at those. And when I do, I’ve got a very good player. Irfan could have added to the score with the header at the back post. Rafa’s play, you would pay the entrance fee alone seeing some of his individual ability. Jordan (Murray) did really well again,” he said.
He continued: “A great night. Somebody told me it was the first time in five years that we beat Bengaluru FC. Incredible. Let’s make sure it’s not long again, that’s for sure.”