With this win, SC East Bengal has risen to the ninth spot, while Jamshedpur FC stays seventh in the 2020-21 Indian Super League table. SCEB is making its ISL debut this season, while Jamshedpur has been playing since 2017-18 and is yet to win the title to date.
In what turned out to be a thrilling encounter, SC East Bengal managed to walk away with a slender 2-1 win over Jamshedpur FC in the 2020-21 Indian Super League, at the Fatorda Stadium in Bengaluru, on Sunday. While SCEB has risen to the ninth place, Jamshedpur remains on seventh.
It all began with Matti Steinmann's opening strike of SCEB in the sixth minute, while Anthony Pilkington doubled it in the 68th. Although Peter Hartley pulled one back in the 83rd, SCEB managed to hold on until the end and walk away with the three points.
Following the game, SCEB assistant coach, Tony Grant asserted that his side would go all out in the coming games and try to win it all. "It is tough (win next four games). We played Bengaluru last week. We had beaten them in the first match and in the replay, they played a very simple game. They hit the ball long forward, they won the seconds and scored a great goal. We had many balls in that game but just couldn't break them down and that happens," he said, reports goal.com.
"We have got four games left, and we will try and win those four and try our hardest, and at the same time, we will try and improve the players. We have another month with the players, so every training session is important. This year is important and the future years are even more important," he added.
Meanwhile, Jamshedpur boss, Owen Coyle was upset with the loss and reckoned that his side did not deserve to lose after the performance it put up, which was satisfying. "There was nothing in the first half; we were pushing on for the equaliser. And, it was such a bad pass to gift the second goal. We have done that a few times. That being said, we picked ourselves up and kept going forward. It was an absolute stonewall penalty at the end. We still did enough to get something from the game," he recalled, reports Goal.
"Players need to take more care of the ball; there are certain things to work on. What we cant do is to push on for the equaliser and then make a terrible mistake. It is an ongoing process; we give them encouragement and hope they improve as we go forward," he concluded.
Last Updated Feb 8, 2021, 10:42 AM IST