The Scotsman praised the performance of new signings Seiminlen Doungel and Farukh Choudhary against Hyderabad FC.

Jamshedpur FC will be looking to turn things around in their next Indian Super League fixture against the Kerala Blasters. Owen Coyle and Co. could only salvage a draw from their last game against Hyderabad FC and now will be eager to get a win in order to stay in contention for the playoffs.

Reverse Fixture

It was Kerala Blasters who prevailed in the reverse ,despite being a man down. Jamshedpur boss Coyle acknowledged the mistakes that his boys made and also feels that they need to be at their best to get the better of the Blasters.

“I think in the previous game, we were in a position from where we could have won that match. But, we made some individual errors and that happens in football. We have to be at our best and with Farukh (Choudhury) and Len Doungel coming in, there is a great dimension to our forward play.

“It was evident in the last game and that’s what we will look to continue. We have to gather momentum and start another unbeaten run. It started with a draw against Hyderabad FC, which could have easily been three points,” he said at the pre-match press conference.

Farukh Choudhury & Seiminlen Doungel’s first game

The Men of Steel have brought in some reinforcements in the January transfer window in the form of Seiminlen Doungel and Farukh Choudhury to add more guile in attack to support Nerijus Valskis. Both wingers had a decent outing against Hyderabad. Farukh was a tad better than his teammate, as he had some chances to secure three points for his team.

Speaking about their performances in the last match, Owen Coyle added, “I thought both the boys were really outstanding in their match, especially if you consider that Len had only one training with the lads and Farukh had none. He actually came from isolation in the hotel with a negative test and after that the performance they delivered was terrific. It tells you about their attitude as professionals and I am delighted with both of them.”

Nicholas Fitzgerald in action?

The Scotsman has emphasized on playing an offensive brand of football and now with Australian forward Nicholas Fitzgerlad returning from injury, he may very well play a crucial role at the business end of the season for the Men of Steel.

When quizzed whether he will be in action against the Blasters, Owen Coyle gave nothing away. “Nick Fitzgerald is training very hard, as he was injured since the start of the season. It has been a gradual recovery process. He came on a couple of games back, did well and he will certainly be involved in tomorrow’s game.”

Unpredictable points table

Lastly, the former Wigan Athletic manager also opined on how the league is so competitive and how each and every team, on their day, can be a threat for others. He feels that reaching the top four is the target and it does not bother him, if his team reach there on the last day of the season or stay there since the first week.

“What we have seen is, whether it is the first team or the last, everyone is capable of beating or taking points from each other. That is why we have to get back to the previous form that we were in, which we showed against a very good Hyderabad side. The boys worked very hard and having done that, we still want to be very offensive and creative with the personnel we have. We’re capable of doing that. It is not about being in the top four for the first few games in the season, but it is important to arrive there at the end of the season because that’s when everything counts.”

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