Jamshedpur edges past The Lions through a thin margin: The Talking Points

Rajat Dhamija  |  Indian Super League  |  1 Year Ago

Steve Coppell’s Jamshedpur has finally pulled the trigger to un-jinx themselves as they beat Delhi Dynamos in an important away encounter. After going 270 minutes without scoring, the debutant Jamshedpur has finally went off the mark through the Nigerian Izu Azuka in the 58’ minute into the match to eventually end it 1-0. The match which was rather a boring one from fans’ perspective saw action in the closing minutes after bringing on Sameehg Doutie for the young Mumbaikar Siddharth Singh. The result though went in Jamshedpur’s favor eventually but it was the defensive brilliance of the Lions’ goalie Albino Gomes who had a mixed night, saving a crucial penalty and other important chances to getting injured in the closing minutes. Overall, it was a hard fought fixture for both sides to reshuffle the table placing Jamshedpur at 6th while slumping Dynamos to the 9th position, just above the defending champions ATK.


Here are the Talking Points of the match:



Delhi struggling to shoot


Keeping aside the away Pune fixture, Delhi Dynamos is probably the most underperformed side in the ISL this season. From going goalless in three matches to being vulnerable at both midfield and defense, the last season’s Semifinalists are behind the timelines this season. Coach Angel Miguel Portugal said his side is nervous and we believe it’s the most honest way to put across the performance the Delhi side put on display. Looking at the stats, Delhi Dynamos not only has the least shots on target but even worse in terms of the scoring opportunities created.



The Fan Record


Another record that goes to Delhi Dynamos is the least number of spectators filling the stadium so far this season. While Dynamos displayed 11,693 and 7,941 respectively in their first two home matches, the actual strength is said to be even thinner for a stadium capacity of 60,000. The new management looks to be struggling badly to tap on their regular fan base, such as Dynamos Ultras or Arena. For a fan of football, it’s not a delightful sight of bear. Rest, Dynamos management needs to ponder about…



Quiet a day for Coppell and Co.


It took 4 matches for Steve Coppell and his boy to score and register their first win. And boy, what a way to earn the three important points— Clean Sheet & Away Points. It’s indeed the most competitive ISL of all the versions we’ve seen and Coppell has done it with perfection. Speaking to Jersey, Coppell confessed that he was in dilemma to select his defense against a solid looking Delhi side, and with only five overseas players to field, the last minute decision to stick with his regular 4-4-2 did the trick.



When the lone scorer of the match became the spectator


The only fun that the fans could retract from the match was from the presentation ceremony. The Nigerian Izu Azuka was by far the best player in all the 28 players who were on the pitch, though the Hero of the match award went to Andre Bikey who was apparently caught down by Gomes in the 63rd minute penalty. “Ye Gormint bik gayi hai…”, the fans said!




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