The English tactician also revealed that he is not worried by his side’s slow start  theto league season.

Ahead of Hyderabad FC’s first home game of the season, head coach Phil Brown interacted in the pre-match press conference on Friday. Hyderabad FC, the new entrants to the league, have been on the receiving end of two crushing losses. They’ve let in eight goals in the two games and scored just once in the process.

Phil Brown wasn’t fazed when asked about his side’s slow start to the season on the attacking front, attributing the same to the injury crisis that has left his squad debilitated.

“I’m not worried by it. The truth is, we have good players in the stands, who aren’t available. We have Robin (Singh) who is doing well. He was the one who scored four goals in six games when I came to Pune last year because he was surrounded by good players. But now, we have all the good players on the treatment table and when they return, I think Robin will get the benefit of it and so will the rest of the team,” Phil Brown quipped.

Brown Feels Hyderabad FC Need Time

“The result against ATK wasn’t very good. But, again as I said, we are not having our players fit. When I have the whole squad fit, then I will talk about our performances in a better way. We need room to breathe. This is a new franchise and we need time to breathe,” the Englishman added.

Speaking on the inability of his players to find the back of the net, Phil Brown answered, “When we create chances and misfire, it manifests as missed chances and players not on top of their game. But, that will come during the course of the season. I hope sooner rather than later because confidence plays a big part in any game of football. If we win a few games, then I’m sure we will be back.”

On Kerala Blasters

The 60-year-old tactician had praise for his next opponents on Saturday evening, Kerala Blasters. “They are a side that are built well. There were talks of some big changes in their side. I watched a few of their matches, especially the first one (Kerala Vs ATK), where ATK should’ve won but they didn’t. So, that shows that Kerala have got a lot of strength and some really good players, with flair. But, we are playing at home tomorrow. We want to stamp our mark in this tournament and it starts with these two home games.”

Phil Brown expects a great response at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium on Saturday, which will host Hyderabad FC’s first-ever home game in the city. “The people of Hyderabad have been fantastic and they have been very welcoming. We need to prepare well and win some games, so that they continue to come and give their support,” he said.

Hyderabad FC face Kerala Blasters at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday night.