Blasters finally win at home: The Talking Points

Sabari Jagannathan  |  Indian Super League  |  1 Year Ago

In a heated clash at Kochi, Kerala blasters got the better of Northeast United courtesy of a brilliant header by local boy, Vineeth. The match was filled with controversial decisions but the boys from God's own country would not mind that at all, as they secured their first win of this campaign.


Northeast United need to be ruthless in the final third

The Highlanders have scored only in one match in their first five matches of the season. Things don't look good for Northeast United and they need to have their attackers firing in all cylinders if they have any hopes of qualifying for their first ever play offs. Marcinho has to take on the leader role for the young Highlanders side. Doungel was absolutely disastrous throughout the match and the gaffer's decision to take off Narzary after Rehnesh red card surprised many as he was the lone limelight in their depleted attack. 


Wes Brown makes an immediate impact

Kerala Blasters began the tournament with back to back clean sheets but started shipping goals at an alarming regularity after that. They conceded five goals against Goa and they needed to change something. Wes Brown, one of the glamorous signing of the season backed up the hype with a hero of the match performance. The former premier league star was excellent defensively and played a key role in playing the ball out of the back. Having Wes fit and firing is an excellent news for Rene's men and they will hoping that he continues his good form throughout the tournament. Wes Brown couldn't have dreamt of a better debut for the Blasters.  


Did Referee rob Northeast United? 

The red card was controversial to say the least. While Sifneos immediately got up after being tackled by Rehnesh to try and score, the referee blew his whistle to give Rehnesh his marching orders. Northeast United have every reason to feel aggrieved as Rehnesh was not the last defender and by rule books, they have a strong case to argue that Rehnesh should have got nothing more than a yellow. The Highlanders have scored only once in their last give games and their misfortunes are not just down to the men in charge of the game. But Deus will certainly hope that his team gets the rub of the green next time as they stutter to collect points in the tournament. 


Win covers the cracks for the blasters

Despite picking 3 points, Kerala Blasters were far from convincing. Kerala Blasters were touted as having the best attack in the tournament but the Sachin co-owned franchise is struggling to score goals. They have scored only 2 goals in 4 home matches and the likes of Berbatov, Hume & Vineeth should combine for a better tally. Berbatov was injured for this match and Vineeth stepped up for the occasion. But it will be concerning for Rene that his team failed to put the match to bed despite having a lot of chances against ten men Northeast United. Going ahead in the tournament the yellow wall will want their team to score a lot more goal in their home ground to pick up 3 points more often. 


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