The Scotsman spoke after his team’s goalless stalemate against Hyderabad FC.
Jamshedpur FC ended their losing streak with a cagey 0-0 draw against Hyderabad FC. It was a tight match for both the sides, as the teams simply cancelled each other out. Both sides failed to take their chances and had to be satisfied with only a point from the fixture. Head coach Owen Coyle made it very clear that apart from the first half, it was his team who created chances and looked like winning the game late on.
Reflections on the match
That said, the Scotsman was content with the draw and felt that the Men of Steel can still turn their season around with seven games to go.
“They had some opportunities in the first half, Rehenesh came up with a great save. But, I cannot recall any big opportunity they had in the second half. The matter of the fact is that we were the team with the better chances. Stephe’s ( Stephen Eze) header in the first half could have gone in. Farukh (Choudhury) was a danger all night and that is why we brought him to the club. He also had a great chance to score late on. Hyderabad are a very good side and we dealt with them. But, I thought if anybody was going to win the game in the second half it was going to be us.
“We will take that point from the game and we are very much in it, with only four points away with seven games to go. We are in a lot better position than last year and so we will pick ourselves up and go again. Jamshedpur FC have not been in the playoffs and we are going to try and change that,” Coyle said at the post-match press conference.
Valskis’ form & team’s goalscoring woes
Jamshedpur FC have only scored one goal in the last three matches, with their star striker Nerijus Valskis failing to find the net in all three fixtures. So, when quizzed whether they are missing a trick upfront, the Owen Coyle claimed, “At the end of the day, it is the reverse of that. We have leaked a lot of goals in the last few matches and today we had a clean-sheet.
“We wanted to balance things, but statistics are what you want to make of them. We conceded some soft goals in the last three games and we were not happy about it. But, yes, we could have scored at the other end. Also, Valskis is a wonderful player. He sometimes gets double marked because of his quality and brings so much to the team. A striker does not have to score goals to have a great game.”
Thoughts on Farukh Choudhury’s performance
Farukh Choudhury returned to his former club after a short stint at Mumbai City FC. In his first match after returning to Jamshedpur FC, he almost scored a goal in the dying minutes of the match. Impressed with his performance, Owen Coyle added, “I thought Farukh was the best player on the field tonight.
“I knew what he can do and that’s why we brought him. He is already 10 times capped by the national team which proves his quality. He is a wonderful player and also had a few opportunities to score. I am looking forward to working with him, as I did with (Lallianzuala) Chhangte last year.”
How did Seiminlen Doungel fare?
The Men of Steel also signed Seiminlen Doungel on loan from FC Goa and he was directly introduced into the first-team. Coyle was also happy with the attackker’s presence and felt that his fitness will only get better.
“I am very happy with Len as well as I knew he won’t last 90 minutes. I had the same feeling with Farukh, but he showed his fitness level. They have not had the time to train and still they showed great understanding with the other players. They did really well and we almost won the game in the last minute. It was an opportunity for Len to show his quality and he showed how he is a real team player,” he concluded.