ISL: Coppell's men look to push their fine form forward

Jamshedpur FC has won its last two home games, against Kerala Blasters and Delhi Dynamos, but it returns to its base after three away games where it collected six out of a possible nine points.

JFC goalkeeper Subrata Pal ISL

JFC goalkeeper Subrata Pal has shown tremendous form under the bar this season.   -  ISL Media

Jamshedpur FC will look to continue its push towards in consolidating its top four position in the Indian Super League when it takes on NorthEast United FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur on Saturday.

Steve Coppell's side has won its last two home games, against Kerala Blasters and Delhi Dynamos, but it returns to its base after three away games where it collected six out of a possible nine points.

Jamshedpur's organised brand of football has seen a surprising and unlikely rise into the playoff spots but it cannot take it easy because its challengers Mumbai City FC and FC Goa have both played fewer games. The only result that could keep Jamshedpur in the hunt is a win — and three points will also put the teams below the side under pressure to win their remaining games.

 

"We hope that we continue the good form at home. But now, each and every game becomes vital. Three points are more significant now. Almost every game these last few weeks have been almost must-win for us. It would be great to win against NorthEast, but if we don't, it's not the end of our ambitions this season," Coppell said.

As for NorthEast United, which has failed to win in its last three games, its head coach Avram Grant conceded that results have not gone his side's way but the performances have surely seen an upsurge since he took over. 

"When you are a footballer you always have to push yourself no matter the situation and that is what we will do on Saturday as well. In the last game (0-1 loss to FC Pune City), the team fought well and you can see the players playing well. There is frustration in what happened in the games before this but we have shown a good mentality to win games, irrespective of the results," said the coach, who had a few injury concerns to deal with.

Coppell said that every team will have niggles at this point in the season, but was hoping his side would be 100 per cent fit for the game on Saturday.

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