Jamshedpur FC churned out their second away draw of the campaign as they successfully stopped Kerala Blasters with a robust defensive display in Kochi today. Kerala will have a lot to worry about after they failed to score in consecutive home games despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession.
Kerala’s composed buildup sees no end product
It was an established fact even before the match that Kerala Blasters were the better team on paper compared to newcomers Jamshedpur FC and the way the players were deployed showed it. While the visitors had a three-man midfield cushion in front of their backline, Kerala
However, despite Kerala enjoying the lion’s share of the possession (65%) initially, their biggest issue was decision making in the final third. Coach Rene Meulensteen’s move to play the sturdy Courage
Another major flaw of Kerala was not exploring both the flanks, as they failed to make a single cross from the right wing for the first three quarters whereas Hume and Lalruatharra’s meek deliveries from the left wing were all safely intercepted by a collectively defensive Jamshedpur.
Jamshedpur park the bus
The visitors came into the game with a good idea about their strengths from their opening game against NorthEast United and an experienced gaffer like Steve Coppell chose intelligence
With defence being the order of the day for the visitors, it was very difficult to see things on a positive note for Jamshedpur and if not for their old fox Mehtab Hossain, Coppell might have seen things differently. After a big name like Bikey saw red card last game, Jamshedpur had little to offer up front against a star-studded side like Kerala Blasters and the manager handed the responsibility of it to Mehtab.
While Mehtab didn’t get any chance to go ahead and ply his trade in the opponent’s half, his brilliance in holding the ball saved the day for Jamshedpur on more than one occasions. With a great passing accuracy, Mehtab played 33 passes in the 48 touches he had of the ball and was Jamshedpur’s go-to player every time they got a corner.
His experience was showing in the tackles he made, which were smart and acceptable. He got yellow-carded in the 56th minute but Kerala
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