The head coach of the Men of Steel expressed happiness at having ended their season with a win and three points.
Jamshedpur FC end their season on a high note as they completed the double over Bengaluru FC with a 3-2 win. Stephen Eze opened the scoring for Owen Coyle and his men while Seiminlen Doungel and David Grande piled up the misery and propelled them to a sixth-placed finish in the Indian Super League (ISL).
Three points are all that matters
While there was the happiness of ending with a win, the Men of Steel conceded twice with Bengaluru trying to comeback in the second half. However, head coach Owen Coyle who was disappointed with the goals let in, was also happy with the three points.
“The important fact was to win three points and I think this is a tough league to win games, as it is shown with plenty of draws. But, we got another three points, we finish with four wins out of our last six and again showed our quality by scoring three goals. We were very comfortable, but that being said, Bengaluru are a proud team with good players and they came fighting back.
“So, there was disappointing as the first goal is from a long throw which is easily avoidable. It was a moment of lack of concentration and focus and last game or not we invited pressure onto ourselves. But, the important thing was to win the three points and finish the season strong and we did that,” Coyle said at the post-match press conference.
Improvements & controversies
When quizzed about the areas of improvement from last season, the Scotsman summed up the whole campaign and also highlighted how a few decisions have changed their fate.
“We have improved enormously at Jamshedpur. I think last season the team finished with a 5-0 defeat and here we have taken 12 points from the last 18. So, when you look at the quality of our games and how we have played, there is no doubt about our improvement and it is also there for everyone to see. if you go back to the game against FC Goa when we scored a wonderful goal and it was a yard over the line. Had we won hat game we would have been three points ahead of Goa with them having a game in hand.
“That is only one thing, I can point out several other things. We have been fantastic, but some of the decisions have not been in our favour and when I was looking at some of the decisions, I was not pleased. But, we know that we have to continue our improvement and that’s what we will do moving forward,” the 54-year old added.
Peaking at wrong time
The Men of Steel have played some scintillating football off late and it is a shame that the league is ending. Coyle also agreed that he would have liked to play on with the sort of form his team are in.
“I think we wish that the season was longer because the team has found form and have played so well starting from the match against Mumbai and even some of the previous performances. So, unfortunately we ran out of games, as there was no doubt that we were getting into a good momentum and showing quality. So, we know the positives from this season, but equally there are areas that we need to get better at. That’s something as a coach I have had a look and I know where we need to get better. We will do that and try and bring quality to the club.” Coyle opined.
Hopeful for next season
With a two-year contract in place, the Scotsman is likely to be in-charge of Jamshedpur FC next season. Therefore, he asserted the importance of playing in their own stadium in front of their fans and also using their world-class facilities. He feels that will help the team majorly next season.
“The approach is always trying to improve with the players you have, equally bring players in to try and make this team better. But, when we will get back to Jamshedpur with our stadium and our facilities it will certainly help us improve as a team. So, we are excited to play in front of our fans and I would like to thank them for the support. Everybody at the club starting from the players to the staff have felt it throughout the season.”