The Scotsman revealed how his team showed great character in the win.
Chennaiyin FC posted a 2-0 win over NorthEast United at the Marina Arena to move up to sixth position in the Indian Super League behind Mumbai City FC. Goals from the usual culprits Rafael Crivellaro and Nerijus Valskis gave Owen Coyle and Co. a comfortable win over NorthEast United, who will certainly feel disappointed about the lack of firepower in their attack.
But, the home team and coach were certainly happy with their performance on the night and Owen Coyle raved about the chances created by his attackers. “I think the chances we created with our football, it was outstanding. As a striker, you need to worry more about not creating chances than missing them.”
“We had 21 attempts at goal, 13 of them on target against a very good side. Yes, we would love to finish more chances, but the quality of the two goals was outstanding.”
The Scotsman also mentioned the amazing home atmosphere as a reason for the win, saying, “The fans were brilliant, were vocal and colourful and when you have that support, we want to put a smile on their faces.”
Owen Coyle highlighted the importance of the group rather than an individual when asked about the influence of Crivellaro. “He is a very important part of how creative we want to be and the way we want to play. We are a very attack-minded side. He is an important piece in attack, as are Nerijus, (Lallianzuala) Chhangte, Andre (Schembri) and others.”
“We’ve got talented individuals, but our strength lies as a team. The teamwork, the effort that the boys have put in and the work-ethic is great to see. The performance was fitting with what this club is all about.”
Owen Coyle added, “We want to maintain the levels of consistency and look to attack and win more. We’ve proved that we can go on the road and get points.”
When asked about the changes that he has brought into the squad and the performances he replied, “When a new coach comes in, everyone has different ways of playing and there are lots of ways to win football matches. All I did when I came in was assess the squad and wanted that we play to our strengths. If we have deficiencies which every team has, then we have to improve on them. To be honest, I haven’t been in the game for too long, all credit is due to the players.”
Chennaiyin now have their fourth win in the ISL this season and will play Jamshedpur FC at home next Thursday in a bid to keep their slim playoffs hopes alive.