When the two sides met earlier this season, Jamshedpur FC’s winning chances were marred by the referee’s incorrect decisions.
After a 2-3 loss against a 10-man Kerala Blasters, Jamshedpur FC will be eager to get back to winning ways in the Indian Super League (ISL) when they face FC Goa in their next fixture of the Indian Super League. Head coach Owen Coyle who was disappointed after the last game will be looking for a better performance from his men, as a win will take them into the top four once again.
Reflections on Blasters loss
Ahead of a very crucial fixture Coyle shared how he feels his team have been good throughout the first part of the league. He also highlighted how they paid the price because of individual mistakes against Kerala Blasters. “I think we have done really well, we have improved in each and every end. Jamshedpur FC had taken five points from ten matches last season, while we have already taken 13 points from our opening ten matches.
“I think we know that it should have been more than that, so there are improvements for everyone to see. What we have to do is continue that. We lost against Kerala because we made individual mistakes and they have some really good players, very good coach in Kibu Vicuna, but we kind of handed them the game. So, we have to eradicate the individual mistakes and continue to move forward,” Owen Coyle said at the pre-match press conference.
Thoughts on break affecting momentum
When questioned whether the long break after the Bengaluru FC match affected their winning momentum, Coyle said it may have had an effect, but his team cannot give those excuses as they were simply not upto the mark.
“There are no excuses. We did not do well enough on the day. It is now behind us and we can’t affect it. What we can affect is the ten games to come. We want to be in the top four spots and for that we have to replicate the performances from most of our matches from the first half of the season. If we do that, we will be in with a great chance and that is what we are hoping for,” he stated.
Opinions on upcoming clash
When these two teams met earlier this season, FC Goa won the clash riding on a late winner from Igor Angulo. However the match was filled with controversy, as the match officials ruled out a clear goal from Alex Lima in the dying moments of the game. So, when quizzed whether there will be certain factor of avenging the last result, Coyle opined, “It is not about avenging defeat. Everyone has seen the game. We scored the winning goal in the 89th minute that was not given for some bizarre reason.
“Even the penalty in that game, Alex Lima played the ball and it was a very soft call. That being said, we can’t affect that game. What we can do is focus on this game. FC Goa have a very good coach, terrific players and they have played a style for many years. It has been a club that has continued to progress, so all credit to them. But, we know their strengths and weakness. We have to be at our best and it is a game that we can win.”
Thoughts on injury concerns
Lastly, speaking about injuries this season, Jamshedpur FC are one of the most severely plagued sides. Although they have played some great football, most of the players are fighting through pain and Owen Coyle feels it is a gret sign for the club. “It has been a real hindrance to us this season, as we have not had the squad available. At times, we have had five or more missing.
“Again, we have a number of players missing for this game as well. We have 1-2 who will have to play and will probably play through the pain because that is what it means for them to play for Jamshedpur FC. They have shown tremendous spirit in the way they are wanting to wear our jersey with pride. So, we will get the best ones available and look to make sure we perform at our best to try and win a very difficult game,” he concluded.