ISL: ATK looking to revive fortunes in clash against JFC

Languishing in the bottom half of the Indian Super League table, defending champion ATK will look to get back to winning ways against Jamshedpur FC on Sunday.

Eighth-placed ATK will be desperate for a win when it hosts Jamshedpur FC on Sunday.   -  PTI

Defending champion ATK will be looking to change its fortune after suffering successive losses when it takes on Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League, at the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday.

Both sides find themselves at the bottom half of the points table after suffering losses in their previous outings but ATK’s position, which is eighth on the ISL table (12 points from 11 matches), is something that is uncharacteristic of the two-time champion.

ATK's fortunes failed to improve even after the sacking of head coach, Teddy Sheringham, while bringing Ashley Westwood, who is more used to the Indian conditions.

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“We need a win for confidence and to better the team morale. But I would still say we do not need to win all the games we have left. Even if we lose tomorrow’s game, I will say we are still not out of the competition,” Westwood said, maintaining that his side still has a chance of making the play-offs.

Adding to Westwood’s worry is a growing list of injuries to key players. Portuguese midfielder Zequinha and English defender Ryan Taylor sustained injuries in its previous matchm while striker Robbie Keane did not feature in the match, to make matters worse.

Jamshedpur, which lost its previous tie after leading against FC Pune City, also needs points to better its position as it currently sits on the fifth spot.  "When I see the table, there is a distance developing between the top four and the other teams, so it is up to others to keep up the pressure. I am expecting a competitive game,” Jamshedpur FC coach Steve Coppell said, hoping for a positive result.

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