Unconvincing Yellow Army exposed by Bengaluru: The Talking Points

Sabari Jagannathan  |  Kerala Blasters  |  1 Year Ago

Kerala Blasters were defeated for the first time in their home ground as Bengaluru outsmarted them in convincing fashion. The yellow army started well but could not create any clear cut chances to score and were eventually out played by Bengaluru. Miku’s injury time brace added gloss to the score line and Pekuson scored a goal in the last minute of added time to give something to cheer for the home crowd. 

BFC back on track

Two consecutive defeats threatened to derail Roca’s team. With AFC cup on the horizon Roca would want his team to stay in touching distance with the qualifying spots in the earlier rounds. This win puts them in third place only one point behind the league leaders. Though the aura of invincibility is clearly past them, Bengaluru are a quality team who are back on track to make it to the top four.



Kerala’s home far from being a fortress

The atmosphere was intimidating for the visitors. The Manjappada was in full volume as the teams made their way onto the pitch. They kept singing, dancing and cheering their team until Chhetri put BFC ahead in the 60th minute. A brain fade from their captain gifted a penalty for Sunil to drag his team ahead. Despite having a huge crowd backing them every game, the Blasters have been far from convincing. Though it is their first home defeat, their performances in Kochi should be so much better as they have picked up only one win so far in the competition after 6 matches. They will have to take maximum points from their home games to catch up with the lead on points table which is slowly creeping past the comfort level. No matter how many men are behind the Blasters, unless the 11 on the field put up a performance worthy of three points Kochi will remain as far from fortress as it can be. 

Bitter sweet debut for Subhasish Roy

The goal keeper was included in the eleven only because Rene decided to play Hume. To comply with the rule of playing only 5 foreigners in the eleven, Rene decided to drop Rachubka for Subhasish Roy. Subhasish Roy who was playing for his fourth ISL club was assured between the sticks. He made decent saves to keep things level but was only beaten by Chhetri’s penalty. However it was a sad end to the night for the Indian shot stopper as he had to limp off the field in the 74th minute.  Rene would be disappointed as his new found option to play an extra foreigner in the eleven would be out at least for now

Jhingan the villain on the night

It was the second game on the trot in which Jhingan conceded a penalty that changed the game. While the penalty against Chennaiyin was harsh, this one was plain stupid from the captain. There was no need for him to do that. Though people will argue it was involuntary Sandesh could have definitely done better in that situation. The defender was again caught napping as Miku was decorating the score line with late goals. Sandesh is probably the best defender in India but the tall centre back will have to up his game to set an example to his teammates.  


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