The Spaniard praised the young players for their reaction and responsible attitude.
Jamshedpur FC snatched a late goal and a point away from Hyderabad FC in their ISL encounter today but had to dig deep for the same. The visitors dominated the offensive stats for the majority of the game after going down to a goal from Nestor Gordillo a few minutes before half-time. Hyderabad FC were on their way to a second win of the season only for Sumeet Passi to spoil the party with a late equaliser for Antonio Iriondo and Co.
Jamshedpur will feel like they at least got some reward for their efforts, but head coach Antonio Iriondo was straightforward in his assessment of the game. “It looked like a match between two teams who didn’t give up but weren’t contending for the playoffs. In our team, we are struggling without a lot of our good players due to injury and now with Aniket Jadhav injured in the last match and Farukh (Choudhary) as well as Castel, it was difficult. But I am happy with the younger players because they gave their 100% effort and they are trying and improving.”
“I think we controlled both halves. In the first half, we had most of the ball but didn’t create too many chances. On the other hand, Hyderabad have very good foreign attackers and they were dangerous in our box. It was about intensity, we did get the goal but they had good intensity, we probably were in their box more than them being in ours but I think we were less dangerous.”
Its a tough situation for the young players to come in and perform at the start of a game in place of another player especially when the latter comes off injured unexpectedly. The same happened in case of Sergio Castel who came off with injury. But Antonio Iriondo believes this to be the phase where the player coming in gets to learn and gain experience.
“We have had problems with injuries since Game 3. Frst it was Piti, but we were able to manage to be in the top part of the league. Then it was Sergio (Castel) who was the league’s top scorer at the time. And then again we were able to create chances in the game but weren’t able to score. Then it was Tiri after whom we started conceding goals,” said the coach.
“It has been tough for the young players who aren’t used to this level of competition and they don’t have experience. They have to gain that by playing important games. I’m happy with how the players have reacted and how they have taken responsibility even when they weren’t getting the results they wanted,” concluded Antonio Iriondo.
Jamshedpur FC will play for pride and will look to finish off the season on a high despite a tough game at home against the already-qualified FC Goa. Meanwhile, Hyderabad FC will travel to Guwahati to play NorthEast United next Thursday and hope to end their wretched season with a win and hopefully not endure the ignominy of the infamous record of the least number of points and wins in a single season.