JAMSHEDPUR Stomped on Northeast United to shoot Third in the Table: The Talking Points

Ritvik Sahu  |  Indian Super League  |  1 Year Ago

Talk about Season-4 of the Indian Super League, one cannot refrain himself from praising the efforts and persistence of Steve Copell’s Jamshedpur, who’ve managed to shoot up till the third position with only five matches to go by. Tonight’s home win over the Highlanders was the reflection of what they’ve been doing silently over the past 15 matches this season. 


One of the biggest takeaways from Steve Copell’s stint with Jamshedpur is that despite having no star, anyone can pop out as a performer on any given day. Tonight its Wellington Priori’s stunner that kept the debutants inside the Top-4 space. What a beautiful overhead kick by the Brazilian against his former club!!



Jamshedpur FC are currently in a better position than any other side in the league, who’ve thundered three home matches in a row to go matching with FC Pune City on points. Though Copell clearly knows that this lead may not remain as they’re being tailed on by Chennaiyin, who’re only two points behind with two lesser matches played. 


The match started with both sides trying to win over one another to eventually go stalemate into the break. When the match was almost looking to be spoilt by the visitors, Copell’s class move broke the deadlock as he introduced Mehtab Hossain for Ashim Biswas. Though the team was later criticised for being excessively defensive, but Copell later stated that it was enough to provide the warranted stability in midfield. This move ensured the dominance of home side for the rest of the match and get all three points, importantly.

For NorthEast United, Seiminlen Doungel was picked out by Robert Lalthlamuana with a fine cross but the header was wayward and Jamshedpur went forward with creativity as well. Souvik Chakrabarti delivered a threatening ball from the right but neither of the two red shirts in the box could read it. 



Northeast looked sluggish on the road this season except for a couple of outings. Their best chance came in the dying minutes of the match through the wing back Nirmal Chhetri, who failed to keep his head on target from the point blank range to a corner.


Northeast United are already out of contention for the Top=4 spot this season, making them the third of such clubs to have this record in the brief ISL history. However, Jamshedpur are on the fairy-tale to make the best out of their debut ISL season.

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