The Scotsman spoke on the back of his side’s third consecutive defeat on Sunday.
Jamshedpur FC again came out second-best in the Indian Super League clash with NorthEast United. It was another game filled with individual errors from the Jamshedpur backline, as they also failed to take their chances at the other end. Head coach Owen Coyle was visibly disappointed after the game ,as he highlighted how his team have made several individual errors, which have resulted in them conceding goals. He also pointed out how wasteful the team have been in the last couple of matches.
“Well, we have not been playing the way we were playing previously. We are making some terrible individual errors and that is costing us goals. The first goal was easily avoidable from set-play. Then we were in-charge of the second half, we were pushing forward and looking to get the equalizer.
“But, that being said, we had chance after chance. That is what happened. At one end we are making individual errors, which are costing us goals and at the other, we are not taking our chances. We created a load of chances yet again tonight,” Owen Coyle said at the post-match press conference.
Reflections on game
The Scotsman pointed out how his team were in the game throughout and created a lot of chances, which they squandered. He feels that there was a balance between both teams and mistakes cost them dearly in this match.
“I think most of the goals we have conceded came from individual errors. I think it is always easy when you have lost the game and then people say they were sloppy and this and that. If you look particularly the second half, we probably deserved to get something from the game.
“So, I think you have to be fair and give balance. I think NorthEast United hardly had one opportunity in the entire second half, while we created a lot of chances. Nerijus Valskis was through one-on-one with the goalkeeper and Narender (Gahlot) had a chance in the final minute. It is frustrating.
“Also, there was an injury which took over two minutes in the six minutes added on and then the referee blows the whistle at six minutes. That is something that needs to be looked at for every team because people are going to go down wasting time. If the time is not added then it is kind of cheating,” he pointed out.
Opinion on problems
Speaking about the problems that his team have suffered ever since the break, Owen Coyle said, “I think we need to get back to what we were doing before, keeping clean-sheets. Laldinliana Renthlei has been injured and that has been a blow for us, he adds a lot of balance for us.
“We just have to get back to working hard on the training ground and getting back the clean-sheets and picking ourselves again. So, it’s a poor start to the second half of the season and we will just have to pick ourselves up.”
The former Wigan manager opined that the margin in the league is very thin and his team have been on the wrong side in the last few games. He added, “We need to take our chances. Valskis will be the first one to tell you that he should have scored tonight.
“It was a great save to keep the match 0-0, but we could have easily been in front. That is the margin in this league. It’s so fine and unfortunately, we have been on the wrong side in the last two games.”
Activity in transfer market
Lastly, when questioned whether these defeats will result in activity in the transfer market for the Men of Steel, Owen Coyle sounded pragmatic.
“If there are players available who can come in and play for your team and help you then of course. But, there aren’t too many of them available. If a situation pops up then we will be interested. I have not been made aware of it till now,” he concluded.