The Highlanders suffered their 15th defeat of the ongoing season.
NorthEast United were defeated by Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League (ISL 2022-23) by a 2-0 scoreline at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Saturday. The hosts succumbed to a third consecutive defeat, thanks to goals from Ritwik Das and Daniel Chima Chukwu.
The performance by the NEUFC players left a bitter taste in the mouth of the few spectators in attendance. There was a clear difference between both sets of players in terms of hunger and the will to win.
Here we look at the player ratings from the fixture:
NorthEast United (by Waseem Zaidi)
Arindam Bhattacharya (GK) – 5.0
Arindam blew hot and cold during the game. He was weak in dealing with a corner that eventually led to the first goal. Apart from a few key errors, the custodian showed bravery in attacking the ball inside his box and made four saves.
Alex Saji – 6.5
Alex Saji could hold his head high after the game as he was one of NorthEast United’s best performers. Despite receiving an early yellow card, the defender did not shy away from tackles and made some key clearances. He also glanced a shot that went slightly above the crossbar.
Aaron Evans – 5.5
Aaron Evans was underwhelming and his performance was symbolic of the NEUFC defence that was lacking in discipline and shape. He was caught out of position on multiple occasions including the instance that led to the second goal.
Mashoor Shereef – 4.0
Mashoor Shereef was lucky to not receive a red card for a bad tackle on Boris Singh. The defender showed nerves under pressure but did not possess a commanding presence essential to a centre-back.
Gurjinder Kumar – 4.5
Gurjinder Kumar was strong in his tackling, making three successful tackles. However, positioning off the ball and effort during duels were lacking from the player who was substituted at the hour-mark.
Romain Philippoteaux – 6.0
Romain Philippoteaux delivered a lukewarm performance that lasted for an hour. However, he lacked support from the rest of his teammates in the attacking third. He got one shot on target and made two crosses which did not produce a goal.
Mohamed Irshad – 5.5
Mohamed Irshad played only one half of the game against Jamshedpur FC and did not make a meaningful impact. He got 22 touches on the ball and the head coach replaced him with Jithin MS.
Pragyan Gogoi – 6.5
Pragyan Gogoi was one of the few NEUFC players who was pushing to find a goal. He took two attempts on goal that went off target. The attacker also created a scoring chance for the team.
Joseba Beitia – 5.5
Joseba Beitia was not impressive on the night when NorthEast United were relying on him for quality service. Having said that, the midfielder was a busy operator for the Highlanders as he had 72 touches, made two successful tackles and ended the game with a 92% pass success rate.
Parthib Gogoi – 5.0
Parthib Gogoi was unable to make a good impression. He had one shot on target which was the biggest highlight of his performance tonight.
Kule Mbombo – 6.5
Kule Mbombo came close to scoring in the second half when his shot hit the post. He was perhaps the most influential individual in the line-up. The forward created three chances for his team, suffered seven fouls and dropped deep to help in the build-up.
Jithin MS – 6.0
Jithin MS ran his socks off after coming on as a substitute. He created a good scoring chance for Saji in the second half that did not result in a goal.
Imran Khan – 6.5
Imran Khan made a few notable runs with the ball and showed willingness to contribute to the attack.
Tondonba Singh – 5.5
Tondonba had a great chance to score for NorthEast United in the second half after coming on as a substitute. However, the player could not connect well with the shot and sent it into the stands.
Laldanmawia Ralte – 6.0
Laldanmawia Ralte showed signs of brilliance and created a scoring chance. However, the player only had nine touches in 30 minutes and could not get involved as much as he would have liked to.
Gani Nigam – 5.5
Gani Nigam made a 14-minute cameo where he got 10 touches on the ball. Jamshedpur FC’s dominance on the ball meant that the substitute had to do a lot of running without the ball.
Jamshedpur FC (by Sathvik Bhardwaj)
TP Rehenesh – 7
Could not do anything about Kule’s effort that rattled the far post. Punched well from set-pieces.
Laldinliana Renthlei – 6.5
Picked up a yellow with a dangerous sliding tackle on Pragyan just before half-time. Made the most clearances with three.
Pratik Chaudhari – 7.5
Had 64 touches, the most among all Jamshedpur FC players. Solid at centre-back.
Eli Sabia – 7
Composed with the ball and playing out from the back. Lost sight of Alex Saji, allowing NorthEast an easy chance which the Highlanders failed to capitalize on.
Ricky Lallawmawma – 6
Defensively solid, put in the most crosses with 4.
Boris Singh Thangjam -7.5
Made forays into the NorthEast box early in the first half. Had the chance to add the third goal, denied by the crossbar. Had the highest passing success rate of 89%. Replaced by Len Doungel.
Pronay Halder – 6.5
Neat in possession, and put in 7 tackles.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – 7.5
Hit the post with a curling effort, caught that very sweetly. Dropped anchor in midfield for the rest of the encounter, shielded the backline well.
Ritwik Das – 7
Was full of running, sharp closing down all night. Scored a scruffy opener for the Red Miners, came off for Farukh.
Rafael Crivellaro – 8.5
Picked up spaces wide left and played through balls into the box for Chukwu and Ritwik. Had three shots in the first half. Wonderful weight on the pass for his assist to Chukwu, created a total of 7 chances.
Daniel Chima Chukwu – 8
Made himself a menace in the box to aid out in the opening goal, crossing the ball back into a dangerous position after his shot on target rebounded back to him. Scored the second goal with pin-point precision after Crivellaro slipped him in.
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Farukh Choudhary – 6.5
Came on in the 72nd minute, quick feet at the edge of the box.
Harry Sawyer – N/A
Seimenlen Doungel – N/A
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