Chennaiyin FC’s Sandy Stewart on Team Performance in Second Half

Chennaiyin FC Assistant Coach Sandy Stewart Reflects on Missed Opportunities in 2-0 Defeat to Mumbai City FC

Chennaiyin FC’s assistant head coach Sandy Stewart expressed disappointment after his team’s 2-0 loss to Mumbai City FC in the latest Indian Super League match. Despite a strong start from the Marina Machans, Mumbai City FC’s Akash Mishra made a crucial goal-line clearance to deny Farukh Choudhary a goal just before half-time.

After the break, Mumbai City FC took control, with Lallianzuala Chhangte missing a penalty for Chennaiyin FC. Substitute Bipin Singh finally broke the deadlock in the 71st minute and sealed the win with another goal in injury time.

Stewart admitted that his side had many missed opportunities, especially in the first half, and a lack of clinical finishing cost them the match. While acknowledging the quality chances created, he emphasized the need to convert them into goals in future games.

Despite the defeat, Stewart remained positive, highlighting the team’s daily training focus on finishing. The coach emphasized the importance of translating training efforts into on-field success, aiming for a more clinical approach in front of the goal.

Stewart also noted the need for improved midfield compactness, as Mumbai City FC dominated possession with a commanding 61.8% share. Nevertheless, he praised his players’ hard work and effort throughout the game, refusing to blame their performance solely on lack of commitment.

Overall, Chennaiyin FC’s assistant coach expressed a mixture of disappointment and optimism for the future. While acknowledging the need to address certain areas, including finishing and midfield organization, he remained confident in his team’s ability to bounce back and secure positive results in the remaining fixtures of the season.

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