The win helped the Marina Machans climb to the sixth position in the league table.
Chennaiyin FC continued their revival under Owen Coyle after defeating NorthEast United FC 2-0 on Thursday night at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Two back-t0-back goals in the second half swung the game completely the way of the hosts.
Here’s how the Indian players on both sides performed on Thursday night:
Vishal Kaith- 7.5
The Chennaiyin FC custodian was well deserving of his clean-sheet. Kaith made a number of saves, including a crucial one with his legs in the very first minute from Andy Keogh. Was also commanding in the box from corners.
Playing his first game of the season, the Mizo right-back had a brilliant first half, constantly bombing forward on the flank and whipping venomous crosses into the box. Was equally adept at his defensive work. Didn’t venture forward much in the second half and also wasn’t required to do much defensively.
Jerry Lalrinzuala- 6.5
Found it hard against Redeem Tlang on a couple of occasions, but managed fine overall. Combined well with Lallianzuala Chhangte while going forward.
Anirudh Thapa- 7.0
The India International pulled the strings for the home side and played a great part in Chennaiyin FC dominating NorthEast United for the majority of the game. His forward passing from deep positions was a treat to watch and he also made runs in the final third to great effect.
Edwin Sydney Vanspaul- 7.0
The local defender complemented his midfield partner Anirudh Thapa excellently, staying back or linking up with the forwards, finishing with an 80% passing accuracy. Was a threat for the home side with shots from distance as well.
Lallianzuala Chhangte- 7.0
Was a constant threat with his pace on the flanks and should have had a goal or an assist with the amount of space he was running into most of the time.
Thoi Singh- N/A
Came on too late to be rated.
Subhasish Roy Chowdhury- 6.0
Made a number of saves to keep the scoreline respectable for his side, but was embarrassed by Crivellaro’s effort from the halfway line, with the shot-stopper stranded in no-man’s land.
Reagan Singh- 5.0
Did decently in the first 45 minutes, but was mostly chasing shadows in the second half, finding it hard to deal with the pace of Chhangte. Made some good forward, runs but his crossing was disappointing.
Rakesh Pradhan- 4.5
Was disappointing all evening, as the hosts ramped up their attacks from his flank. To be fair, Pradhan wasn’t helped by his teammate Martin Chaves not dropping back to defend.
Milan Singh- 5.5
Did well in the first half, breaking up play and getting forward in dangerous areas. But, couldn’t exert any influence after the break, as his team were overrun by the opposition.
One of the hardest working figures for NorthEast United against Chennaiyin FC. Lalengmawia carried the ball well in midfield. He also had a 92% passing accuracy and defended doggedly as well. But, the Mizo youngster could’ve created more with the possession that he had.
Redeem Tlang- 6.0
Got stuck on to Jerry and created two chances from the right-side, apart from being eager to drop back and defend. Brought off at half-time in a puzzling decision by the head coach.
Rupert Nongrum- 3.5
Was brought on at half-time to add a different dynamic, but was merely a passenger and hardly provided anything.
Ninthoinganba Meetei- 4.0
Threatened Vishal Kaith with a brilliant shot from outside the box just after coming on, however, did not provide much otherwise.