The Jamshedpur FC boss also admitted that his side has a few injuries, going into their game against the Yellow Army.

Jamshedpur will look regain their place in the top four when they go up against Kerala Blasters in their next match in the Indian Super League. The Men of steel will been keen to start the New Year with a victory over the Yellow Army. Owen Coyle and his men are coming into this game on the back of a 1-0 win over Bengaluru FC.

However after that, they have had a 12-day break from action and there are questions about whether this break will prove to be a boon or bane for the Men of Steel. However, Coyle feels it was good to have a break, as it allowed some of his players to recuperate from their injuries.

“We will have to find out on the field. But, we are looking forward to playing, as we still have some injuries. We got 1-2 of them back which will help for the second half of the season. That’s where we need to make sure that we are working very hard and if we get a chance on the field, we should try and get three points in every game.

“The games are very tough, there are quality opponents, coaches, and we start our New Year with a match against Kerala Blasters. Kibu Vicuna has already shown that he is a winner in India and is also a wonderful man. So, they are dangerous opponents and we have to be at our best,” Coyle said in the pre-match press conference.

Team’s Morale

The Scottish tactician also pointed out how it is easy to keep morale high after a win, rather than suffering a loss, that also due to wrong referring decisions. He revealed how his team maintains a balanced approach to both wins and losses.

“When you win the morale of the team is always high. But, the loss we suffered against FC Goa was very unjust, as we scored a wonderful goal in the 88th minute and probably could have won three points. We picked each other up and worked hard with a smile on our faces. We went again and won against Bengaluru. So, that’s what we do at the club, we never get too high with a win or too low with a loss. It is for balance and understanding, as we look to improve.”

Team News

The former Wigan manager also provided information on his team and the injury concerns. Nigerian defender Stephen Eze who scored the winning goal in their last game has recovered and will be back, while Laldinliana Renthlei may just miss out. He also shared the status of the players with long term injuries.

“As you know, Stephen Eze and Dinliana were stretchered off against Bengaluru FC. Stephen has recovered well, but Dinliana is a major doubt for the game. In terms of long-term injuries, Joyner (Lourenco) is coming back, Narender (Gahlot) is now able to train, David Grande is also training, while Nick Fitzgerald just joined today and might get some training under his belt.

“So, looking forward to the weeks ahead, hopefully, we will have all of them available. But, for now, we have to make the best of what we have and that is what is happening in the league this season. Every team are suffering from injuries, we have to make sure that if we get injuries, there are others who can step up because injuries are the part of the game. It is not about individuals, it is about a group effort,” Owen Coyle stated.

January signings

When question about the ongoing January transfer window and whether there will be any movement involving Jamshedpur FC, Owen Coyle did not dismiss the possibility. However, he also opined how it is difficult to get players in January.

He said, “It is always difficult in the transfer window. I feel when you look into the transfer window, you are seeking players who are better than you already have. If any of them become available it has to be the domestic players because our foreign quota is full. So, if the young players whom we think can help and enhance what we are doing at Jamshedpur, then of course we would be interested.”

Thoughts on Kerala Blasters

Lastly, speaking about Kerala Blasters and Kibu Vicuna, Owen Coyle highlighted their areas of threat and how they have been unlucky at times. Therefore, he believes it will be a tough game for his men.

“Kerala have been very very unlucky. The other night they lost the game 4-2, but they could have scored 5-6 goals. Against Mumbai City, they found themselves 2-0 down due to individual errors within the first period of the game, but even against them they could have scored 3-4 goals in the second half.

“They are very dangerous opponents. We are very respectful and we know the threat they bring. Also, when teams have had disappointments they can be even more dangerous. We have to be sure that we are ready for that. They have some very talented players and I think Kibu has suffered through a lot of injuries. But, they have some wonderful players and it is going to be a difficult game,” he concluded.

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