Can Jamshedpur finally start after ending a winless race?

Jamshedpur had recorded consecutive scoreless draws before the game against Odisha …

Jamshedpur managed to end their five-game winless streak in the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) with a narrow 1-0 win over Odisha FC on Monday.

A goal from Mobashir Rahman in the 41st minute proved to be the deciding factor in a tie in which both teams had scoring chances.

By the end of the 90 minutes, Jamshedpur had created the best chance and had four shots on target against Odisha’s. The Men of Steel victory, though narrow, was well deserved.

The narrow victory brought Jamshedpur to fifth place with 18 points from 15 matches, three points behind fourth-placed FC Goa who have one game in hand.

Considering that Jamshedpur has so meticulously missed out on qualifying for the playoffs since their inception, converting a goalless draw into a narrow win like they did on Monday could prove to be a big factor in the race for the top four.

The only concern for Coyle in Monday’s game would be his team’s debauchery in front of goal. Despite creating clear chances to get the game to bed on time, Jamshedpur’s waste in front of goal kept Odisha sniffing for a chance to get back into the game and set up a tense finish.

Midseason signing Farukh Choudhary was the biggest culprit against Odisha as the India international found himself at the end of several glorious scoring opportunities but failed to hit the target.

The positive point for Coyle was the involvement of Nerijus Valskis who was influential on and off the ball. He acted as the focal point for the team’s attacks and when he was scored off attacks, his movement off the ball helped his teammates build one attack after another and keep the Odisha defense on their feet. toes.

At the other end of the pitch, Diego Mauricio was much less influential and that made a difference in the outcome of the match. Despite all the talent Odisha has, they have been very inconsistent in all areas of the pitch and when they created chances they just weren’t effective.

Stuart Baxter is extremely lucky to still be Odisha’s head coach as they find themselves at the bottom of the table with just one win under their belt this season after 14 games. It just didn’t work for them.