The Men of Steel are keen to continue their unbeaten run this season.
After dropping points against SC East Bengal and Hyderabad FC, Jamshedpur FC will look to make the most out of their chances against ATK Mohun Bagan. The Mariners are keen to get back to winning ways, following their loss to Mumbai City. Led by head coach Owen Coyle, Jamshedpur FC’s defence have continued their impressive display from the last season, having conceded only thrice so far.
Prior to the upcoming clash, head coach Owen Coyle attended the pre-match press conference where he discussed the opponents, his team’s preparation and more.
Jamshedpur FC’s inability to close down games
After dictating the first half of the matches against SC East Bengal and Hyderabad FC, Jamshedpur FC failed to secure the three points on both occasions. They had enough chances to kill the game, and when asked about it Coyle said, “I think it’s a very tough league and you know Jamshedpur have never qualified for the play-offs. But we’ll get better with time, two-three games are tough in the league against very good oppositions so we’ve to concentrate on doing very well and keep going”.
The unpredictability of the league
Since the league has become harder and unpredictable, does it pose an advantage for Jamshedpur FC? Speaking about this, the tactician said, “Well, the league is very tough with very good teams and some clubs are big, they spend big money, pay big transfer fees. Obviously we have to make sure that we are at our very best to compete with those teams. Slowly but surely.”
“It takes time (to be at the level of big budget teams) but we’ve had real positives and have to make sure we get better moving forward and do it all together,” he continued.
“Mobashir (Rahman) has missed the last two games, and Jordan (Murray) missed the last game. But both lads continue to get better. Whether they are ready for the ATKMB game remains to be seen, but they are certainly moving in right direction,” Owen Coyle revealed.
On keeping clean sheets
Jamshedpur FC are yet to keep a clean sheet this season. When asked about this, the coach said, “Yeah, it’s always important. Everybody wants to get clean sheets and the truth is that it is very difficult. If it was easy, then anybody could do it. We know it’s a tough environment and we have to come to the right side of the margin, so yes, ideally we’d love to keep clean sheets.”
About Greg Stewart’s performance
The Scot had nothing but praise for his compatriot. He said that Jamshedpur FC lacked a player of his calibre so far. “When I was looking into how I can improve the team, I tried to find that type of a player. Greg (Stewart) is a player that I have known for many, many years and admired at different clubs, so I did everything in my power to bring him to the club. I certainly believe the more we work together the better he will be,” he asserted.
“Greg is hungry to do well and has great work ethic. He works hard for the team, so of course he has to maintain that level not for one or two games but over the course of the whole league.”
On ATK Mohun Bagan
Owen Coyle feels that the Mariners’ loss to Mumbai City will not affect their morale and performance. “ATKMB are a team which are among the top positions. They’re a wonderful team with a fantastic coach and great platers. So we know we’re in for a tough game and have to make sure that we are ready for the challenge,” he said.
“Considering the level and quality they have, they are going to be a very dangerous opponent. We are motivated to get back to winning ways as they’ve done in first two games of the season. They have quality players – Roy Krishna, Hugo Boumous, Liston Colaco, Manvir Singh. We’ll have to try to be very offensive and dynamic in our attack,” he concluded.