The Scotsman hopes that a full squad is available at his disposal ahead of the game against Mumbai City FC.
With their playoffs qualification on the line, Jamshedpur FC will be gearing up to face Mumbai City FC in a must-win fixture. The Men of Steel need to win their remaining two matches to have any chance to finish in the Indian Super League top four this season. Head coach Owen Coyle spoke addressed the media ahead of the big game.
No change in approach
Their loss against ATK Mohun Bagan dented their playoffs hopes and also pegged them back in the league table. However, Owen Coyle feels that his team should continue to approach the game against the Islanders in the same way as they did against ATKMB. He also shared how there is a lot left for his team to play for in the last two matches.
“I think we should approach the game the way we did against ATK Mohun Bagan. The lads were outstanding with their work rate and efforts and at times we were causing them problems. In the second half, we were very comfortable and their goalkeeper came up with a potential save of the season at 0-0 with not a lot of time left. Then obviously, we were down with a sucker punch, a wonderful finish from (Roy) Krishna. So I think the lads need to apply themselves and make sure that we look to finish our season strong.”
“We need to get those six points and get to 27 in total and then we will be fighting with three teams. There is a lot to play for, but we have to make sure we are professional, focus and concentrated against a very good side,” the Scotsman said.
Areas of improvement
Last season, Jamshedpur FC finished eighth with only four wins. Therefore, taking that into consideration, the Men of Steel have shown decent amount of improvement mainly in their brand of football and also brought in young players who will represent the club for years to come.
“I don’t think there are any doubts about the improvements, considering how competitive we’ve been above everything else. There are areas we can get better. It was only a few games earlier that we had all the foreigners available. David (Grande) has been injured all season, so has been Nick (Fitzgerald). So, in terms of changing things. we have been very limited. But still, we have been in the fight for the playoffs and the players have worked really hard despite being in the difficult bubble. We will look to win the next two matches and take it from there,” Owen Coyle opined.
Lastly, the former Wigan manager revealed how Boris Singh picked up a niggle and is in doubt for the fixture against Mumbai City FC.
“There are always niggles and injuries and we obviously had a closed-door game against SC East Bengal the other day. Boris picked up a niggle, but I am hoping that he will be okay for the match. Hopefully, we will have a relatively full squad available and we will take it from there.”