The Scotsman praised young attacker Aniket Jadhav who impressed many with his cameo against Odisha FC.
Jamshedpur FC will face a confident Hyderabad FC side in their third game of the Indian Super League (ISL) season. The Men of Steel have not had the best of starts to the campaign, with a solitary point from two games. Having said that, they are really playing a good brand of attacking football and will look to bounce back against the injury-ridden Nizams. Speaking to the media ahead of the encounter, Jamshedpur boss Owen Coyle believed his team should have walked away with all three points against Odisha FC in the last game.
Discussing the last game, the experienced coach had a lot to say. “The disappointment was always for dropping the two points that we should have won. Some of the decisions in the game were incredible, Odisha FC should have been down to 10 men when we were awarded the penalty. Hendry (Antonay) stopped the ball from entering the net with his hand, but the referee somehow decided to give a yellow (card). That being said, we should still see the game out.”
“We showed in the first half the quality we have and that’s what we have to do. There were plenty of positives. It’s a young team, the players are growing and getting better. Certainly disappointed not to win the game, but we showed a lot of good qualities and attributes that will serve for the rest of the season,” explained Coyle.
Hyderabad FC had a good start to the season, picking up four points from two games. Wary of his opponents, the Scotsman said, “We are very respectful of the qualities Hyderabad have. They have some wonderful players, Aridane (Santana) has been a wonderful player in the league and he continues to show that. We are very well aware of the threats they have. But, that being said, we know that we can perform well.
“Then, we will be extremely capable of winning the three points for ourselves. We are really focused on what we can do, what we can bring to the game. We’ve shown that quality service to (Nerijus) Valskis is going to be our goalscoring threat, Stephen (Eze) will be a set-piece threat. So certainly, bit by bit, we are getting better and that’s good for us moving forward.”
Jamshedpur FC have conceded two goals in each game and that has been a major cause behind the dropping of points by them. Speaking on this matter, the head coach said, “We don’t want to concede goals every game. What we know is that if we can keep it nice and tight at the back, we have fantastic goalscoring threats in the team and that will give us the platform to win games. There’s no doubt that we can get better and improve. We continue to do that in the training ground.”
Young Indian forward Aniket Jadhav impressed many in his cameo against Odisha FC. Speaking about him, Owen Coyle commented, “Like others, Aniket is fighting for a starting slot and he came on the other night. When Aniket’s time comes, he has to show that he is ready to start. He has pace, he has power.”
“I am very pleased with Mobashir (Rahman). He is training very well. We changed the shape of the team slightly to encourage him to get forward, be really positive and he made some great runs. He will start again against Hyderabad,” he added, speaking about the midfielder.
Moreover, Jamshedpur will be taking on Hyderabad with their own set of injury problems. “David Grande has not been able to play, Joyner (Lourenco) also hasn’t been able to play. Narender Gahlot obviously came back from an injury. We will be missing them again, as they are not capable of starting for the first XI. Hopefully, it won’t be too long to get one or both of them back to the team. But, in the meantime, boys that are available have to be ready to give their best,” concluded Owen Coyle.