The Men of Steel could not come back from a dying minutes winner against the Stallions.
FC Pune City went all out against Jamshedpur FC to win their first game of the season at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex. Diego Carlos marked his return from suspension with a wonderful strike early in the match. Even though Sumeet Passi pulled one back for the visitors, a thumping header from Matt Mills in the second half ensured the Stallions all three points for the first time this term.
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After the game, the head coaches of both the teams met with the media to present their opinions. Pune City interim coach Pradyum Reddy looked obviously pretty happy with the result as Jamshedpur were unbeaten this season prior to the game and are one of the toughest teams in the league. “It took a collective effort from each and every person on the team to win this game. It was hard work out there and we have shown that with that hard work we have got a good result.”
When asked about his opinion on Ashique Kuruniyan’s performance the 42-year-old heaped praise on the youngster. “It is really great to see how Ashique has been progressing since the last season to this season. We have seen many consistent performances from him and we know what talent he has. I think he was fantastic out there.”
Reddy went on to speak about how the team finally came together for the first time this season after some players were out injured, while some were out with suspensions. He looked happy seeing the good chemistry between the players, especially that between Marcelinho and Diego Carlos, who constantly posed a threat to the opposition defence.
On the other hand, Cesar Ferrando the head coach of Jamshedpur, looked naturally disappointed with the result as his side succumbed to their first defeat of the season.
“Nobody likes to lose a match, but I think we tried our best out there.” He went on to add how the team has to improve and focus on getting clean-sheets.
The 59-year-old also revealed his dissatisfaction at the loss of Sergio Cidoncha- the attacking midfielder who has scored three goals this season. The assistant manager spoke further about the Spaniard’s injury confirming that the player has returned to Spain. The doctors are yet to provide the details of the injury and they will do so in about a week. However, he also confirmed that it’s a knee injury.