Jamshedpur FC Player Ratings: Old boys Sizzle On Kochi Return

Saturday, 25 November 2017|Vineeth Krishnan

Playing their second away game on the trot, Jamshedpur FC will be pleased with having two points in their kitty. Content to absorb the pressure for long periods, Steve Coppell's men nearly stole all three points right at the death, only to be denied by the fantastic form of Blasters' keeper Paul Rachubka.

Manager Rating:

Steve Coppell: 8

Set his team out to cancel Kerala's attacking threat first and foremost at a venue he knows intimately. Brought Kervens Belfort, the former Blasters winger into the line-up and was rewarded with a strong showing by the Haitian. With Andre Bikey suspended, made the best of the limited resources available to him off the bench to keep the home team and the crowd on their toes right until the final whistle.

Player Ratings:

Subrata Paul: 7

Never unduly bothered by a star-studded opposition attack, Paul was a commanding presence in his own box. His positional sense was key in keeping out a Dimitar Berbatov volley early in the first half and overall had an unevenful night, just the type every custodian secretly craves.

Souvik Chakrabarti: 6

After a slightly shaky start, Souvik recovered to limit the effectiveness of CK Vineeth. Denied the Kerala winger opportunities to get past him and to the byline, forcing Vineeth to cut in on to his right foot to look for more space.

Anas Edathodika: 7

The lone Malayali consistently in the India setup, Anas always comes up with a strong showing when returning to play in front of the Kerala crowd. Had to come off in the 65th minute and it was not clear straight away whether he had picked up a knock. Coppell and Jamshedpur will hope he is fit in time for their next game as he is a major reason behind his team's solidity at the back.

Tiri: 7

A solid outing by the Spaniard against his team-mate from the last two seasons, Iain Hume. Together with Anas, Tiri makes up one of the strongest centre-back pairings in the league. When Anas went off the field and Memo had to shift into the backline, Tiri stepped up over the final 25 minutes to ensure the Blasters' did not enjoy sustained dominance in the attacking third.

Shouvik Ghosh: 7

The former North East United left back marked India international Jackichand Singh almost out of the game. While he did not offer much going forward, took charge of a few dead-ball situations and generally did not disappoint with his delivery into the area.

Memo: 7

Nearly scored with a fierce free-kick. Tasked with staying in the eye-line of Berbatov, particularly after his defensive midfield partner Mehtab Hossain picked up a yellow early in the second half, Memo put in a solid shift that pleased his coach. Shifted to centre-back following Anas' withdrawal and marshalled the pacy Blasters' substitute Markos Sifneos well.

Mehtab Hossain: 8

On his return to the venue that he called home for the first three seasons of the ISL, Mehtab agitated the home crowd with countless nibbles from behind on Berbatov. His yellow card for the umpteenth foul on the Bulgarian, drew the loudest cheer of the second half from the supporters. That was probably the best compliment a defensive midfielder like him could receive and indeed seemed to spur him on even further. While he couldn't match up with the skill of Berbatov, Mehtab cut the angles well and was a major reason the former Manchester United star failed to unlock the Jamshedpur defence.

Jerry Mawihmingthanga: 7

The youngster did everything Coppell asked of him, bar putting the ball in the back of the net. When Memo's parried free-kick fell to his feet five-yards out, Jerry should've scored. Other than that he used his pace well to stretch the Blasters defence and helped Souvik deal with the dual threat of Vineeth and Lalruathara down Jamshedpur's right.

Trindade Goncalves: 7

Another solid performer, Trindade linked up well with Kervens Belfort down the left. Jamshedpur's best attacking moves came when these two players linked up. Ably dropped deeper in the second half, once Memo shifted into the heart of the defence.

Kervens Belfort: 9

The Haitian knows the JNI stadium well and was always a threat down the left with his pace and trickery. Flashed a few drives just past the post and set up striker Azuka Izu for half chances on a couple of counters. Could not have done much better with a bullet header from a delightful cross down the right by Trindade, almost on the stroke of full time. Against a lesser keeper, the ball would have nestled in the back of the net.

Azuka Izu: 6

The Nigerian was a constant menace throughout, not hesitant to put himself about against two imposing central defenders in Sandesh Jhingan and Nemanja Pesic. Should've done better when presented with a volleyed chance by Belfort in the first half, completely mishitting the ball from the middle of the D.

Substitutes (those introduced after 70 minutes do not get a rating):

Farukh Choudhary: 5

Introduced in the 60th minute straight after Jerry picked up a caution, Choudhary went into the book himself within five minutes for a rash tackle. Did not offer as much as the man he replaced.

Bikash Jairu: 6

Brought on for Anas in the 65th minute, Bikash used his pace well down the right. His clever movement opened up the space for Trindade to play in Belfort for the best chance that Jamshedpur had.

Sameehg Doutie: NA

The South African winger came on in the 83rd minute to replace Izu. Not enough time to showcase his full repertoire of skills.