ISL 2020-21 ATK Mohun Bagan vs Jamshedpur FC: ATK Mohun Bagan are now the table topper, courtesy of the 85th-minute goal by Roy Krishna against Jamshedpur FC on Sunday. ATKMB head coach Antonio Lopez Habas after the win said he was not happy with his team’s performance in first half, missing crucial chances, but the players pulled up their socks in the last 45-minutes.
“In the first half, we did not play well. We could not win those second balls. But we improved in the second half and won the match. That is what we have been doing this season. We have a defensive formula and that’s been extremely efficient.
“We don’t need to score a lot of goals because we keep clean sheets every now and then. I’m very proud with the performance of my players.
“We want to claim the top spot in the Indian Super League standings this year. Arindam Bhattacharya and Roy Krishna are like my children and I can’t really pick a favourite among the two. I’m really happy for them, he said during the post-match conference.
Meanwhile, JFC coach Owen Coyle, emphasised that his team was better and the result was unfortunate.
“We certainly didn’t deserve to lose today. It was a great header from Valskis. That was one of the best saves (by Arindam) I’ve seen in my career. The game was evenly poised. There was a mistake towards the end and we had to pay for it. I’m extremely disappointed,” he said.
Jamshedpur now need to win their remaining six points to have a chance at the qualifiers. Coyle believes it is possible if his team can replicate the same performance. “We want to win the remaining six points. If we replicate today’s performance without the errors, we can do that. However, Mohun Bagan is an amazing team. We need to learn from them and improve in the final third. Passing is a very important aspect of football. Even if you’re tired, you need to produce those long balls. They did that and claimed the three points”.
ATK Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal – Feb 19 at 7:30 pm
Jamshedpur FC vs Mumbai City – Feb 20 at 7:30 pm