Hero ISL: Jamshedpur FC v Chennaiyin FC- Player Ratings
Chennaiyin FC extended their lead at the top of the ISL table after a victory against Jamshedpur FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur, on Thursday courtesy of a penalty conversion from Jeje. With this win, the Machans have now taken a four-point lead at the top of the ladder.
The match was full of entertainment-packed with the referee awarding two controversial penalties – one to each side, both in the first half. Jeje Lalpekhlua converted his spot-kick for Chennaiyin FC, while Kervens Belfort’s effort was saved by keeper Karanjit Singh, essentially earning them the win.
LNTUP analyses the performance of each and every player in the match and rates their performances.
Subrata Paul: 8.5/10
Considered by some to be the best Indian goalkeeper of all times, the Bengali had a good game apart from the penalty kick from which he conceded the goal. He pulled of 4 amazing saves and kept the match just at 1-0. He had nothing to do in the goal he conceded; he guessed the wrong way and committed to his right while Jeje tapped the ball to his left.
Souvik Chakraborti: 6/10
He was put into troubles by the speedy Chennaiyin wingers and could not match up to his reputation. Although he did manage to stop many attacks from his side, he could not go forward and help his team equalise.
The Cameroonian was taken off for the African winger Doutie in the second half. Bikey’s physicality was important in the first half for the Jharkhandi side. He managed to stop all the attacks that came his way and moved up to help his team in attacks too.
The tall Spaniard came out supreme in almost all the aerial duels. His leadership over the back four was prominent in the entire match. His duo with Bikey proved clinical for the home side as in every match.
Shouvik Ghosh: 5.5/10
The left back was below average against the Machans as his defending was not up to the mark. He did not live up to his standard. He was troubled by Nelson on several occasions. He sticked to the left back position and could not help his team moving forward. The penalty from which Jeje scored was a result of his failure of man marking as the attack initiated from there.
Mehtab Hossain: 5/10
The Midfield General was subbed off at halftime break after he conceded the penalty which resulted in the goal henceforth making it an off-day for the midfield general. He did manage to snatch a few balls at midfield but was the main culprit in conceding the penalty.
Memo Moura: 4/10
Memo was not upto the mark on Thursday. He took too many bad touches, which allowed the Chennaiyin back four to capitalise on his poor form. Many a times his mispasses led to dangerous counter attacks. He was a total failure in their loss to Chennaiyin.
Bikash Jairu: 9/10
The brightest of all for the home side, this Sikkimese did his job perfectly. He fell back deep into his own half to help the left side due to Ghosh’s poor form. He took the ball to the opponent half and made perfect crosses which were all failed to meet by the Furnace’s forwards. He is indeed an asset for them.
The youngster was not at his best. He always came second best in the physical battles in the final third. He will look forward to amend his mistakes from this match in their next tie.
Trindade Goncalves: 6.5/10
The Caribbean was not a hurricane in the Chennaiyin box as he should have been. He could not garner out a good show due to lack of proper quality balls to him. Neither did he produce any proper passes to the forwards.
Kervens Belfort: 4.5/10
The Haitian missed the all-important spot kick and had a disappointing night. He showed moments of Individual brilliance but they did not get the desired result. He did miss a couple of chances which a striker of his caliber shouldn’t have.
Sameegh Doutie: 6/10
The introduction of Doutie added some pace and movement to Jamshedpur’s offensive runs, but he could not do his job of getting the equaliser despite showing diligence throughout the twenty minutes on the field.
Fahrukh Chawdhury: 5/10
The youngster replaced Mehtab Hossain due to the “Midfield General” committing too many fouls and on a yellow card. He was undoubtedly outshone by Mihelic on all the occasions.
Izu Azuka: 3/10
Azuka did not create any impact and was pretty below average as well.
Karanjit Singh: 9.5/10
The Veteran Goalkeeper pulled off the most crucial save when he denied Kervens Belfort from the spot after Jamshedpur FC were awarded an extremely soft penalty. The Punjabi shot-stopper made crucial saves at regular intervals to keep the Blues’ lead intact.
Inigo Calderon: 9/10
The Spanish defender was rock solid at the back causing all sorts of trouble for Trindade and Belfort and kept them off the bay. He even participated in attack and put 50-50 balls into the home side’s box, though the Machan forwards couldn’t capitalise on those chances.
Henrique Sereno: 7.5/10
The Captain had a good game except the penalty. He was superior in all the aerial duels and cleared off terrestrial dangers with his physical stature. Although he did concede a controversial penalty, the home side couldn’t capitalise on the opportunity.
Mailson Alves: 9/10
Mailson led the defence and was the key man for the Blues in the midfield both in building up and holding up the play. He was like a wall between the Machan goal and the Furnace’s attack. He stopped almost all the attacks that came his way and led the defense amazingly.
Jerry Lalrinzuala: 9/10
The left back is in the form of his life. The young defender was extremely agile and alert. His duels with Jerry of Jamshedpur caught the eye of the viewers.
Bikramjit Singh: N/A
The Punjabi midfielder suffered an injury just seven minutes into the first half and was substituted off. Germanpreet Singh came on in his place.
Dhanpal Ganesh: 6.5/10
The Tamil lad was instrumental in the midfield with several incisive balls as he combined well with Francis. He did his job quiet well. Stopped opponent attacks and contributed to their own attacks.
Gregory Nelson: 6.5/10
Nelson had an average outing as he was spotted with relatively slow movements as compared to his maximum calibre. He will look forward to continue with this form in the next matches too.
Rene Mihelic: 8.5/10
The Slovenian caused continuous trouble for the Red Miners and was also on target on a couple of occasions which were palmed away by Paul. He did a perfect job and distributed the balls well.
Francis Fernandes: 5.5/10
The veteran had an average game, as he was outrun on several occasions by Memo Moura. He couldn’t combine well with Mihelic which was unexpected.
Jeje Lalpekhlua: 8/10
The only goalscorer from the tie, Jeje has been clinical in front of the goal. An amazing penalty conversion was expected from him which he did. He had few chances to extend Chennaiyin’s lead but he squandered them.
Germanpreet Singh: 6.5/10
The man hailing from Punjab had a game, not so memorable for him, as he was not as effective on the pitch as John Gregory would have liked him to be. He did have some impact, but not some worth watching.
Jude Nworuh: 4.5/10
His introduction to the match slowed down Chennaiyin’s game. He held the ball too long which squandered chances of counter attacks too.
Thoi Singh: 8/10
He came on late in the game but was effective with his pacy and darting runs in the right flank. Although sent into the game to waste time, he did make an impact and participated in some attacks.