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Owen Coyle remarks Ishan Pandita is a natural goalscorer

Published at :January 7, 2022 at 5:46 AM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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The Jamshedpur FC head coach was seemingly happy after a last-gasp victory over NorthEast United.

Jamshedpur FC secured a 3-2 win over NorthEast United on Thursday evening, courtesy of Ishan Pandita's injury time winner. After being 1-0 down, Men of Steel came from behind and bagged three points. Following the victory, head coach Owen Coyle looked visibly proud of the team's character in the post match interview.

Here are the excerpts from the press conference.

On team's overall performance

"I'm delighted with the performance and also delighted to get three points. When you consider our last two draws and loss against Chennaiyin, we should've won the last three games with some big chances (we had). We certainly (had to) get something from the game if not the win. We made it difficult for ourselves by conceding the late goal but the character of our team (helped us)," Owen Coyle began.

"Tonight Ishan scored, Jordan scored, so the performance after being one goal down and no argue, Jamshedpur were well (deserved) for the three points tonight," he added.

Jordan Murray's performance

"Jordan Murray didn't have to prove, he is a wonderful player, he was probably our best player in pre-season," Owen Coyle remarked.

"In the last game against Chennaiyin he was outstanding as well. Of course, he missed one or two chances but that's the nature of football, particularly as a striker, you have to miss chances and then you score chances.

"You don't score against everyone, Murray was outstanding and if he hadn't scored the goal and gave the assist, I've said the same thing because what he brings to the team is work-rate, the quality, of course when you score, when you assist it takes you to a higher level. I've been delighted with Jordan and he'll  be better moving into the second half of the season," he continued.

On Ishan Pandita

The Jamshedpur FC boss was all praises for Ishan Pandita in the post-match press conference, who scored the winner on Thursday night.

"I love the kid, that's why I brought him. He has such hunger for scoring goals, he's been angry with himself because of  the couple of chances he missed. But I said to him the chances will come and so (will) your goals.

"It's great particularly how late the goal was, he's a natural goalscorer. I'm still looking to improve his all-round game and if I do that I'll tell you India is going to have a very good centre-forward for the national team," he opined.

The tactician signed off by informing TP Rehnesh had an injury ahead of the game and is expected to return against SC East Bengal.

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