The Nizams’ goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani had a night to forget against the Blasters.
Kerala Blasters registered their second win of the season by handing bottom-placed Hyderabad FC a 5-1 defeat at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi. It was the visitors who opened the scoring through Bobo in the first half, but saw the game slip away soon. A brace from Bartholomew Ogbeche and goals from Raphael Messi Bouli, Vlatko Drobarov and Setiyasen Singh sealed a comeback win for the hosts in style.
Here are our Indian player ratings from Kerala Blasters 5-1 Hyderabad FC.
WATCH: Match Highlights – Kerala Blasters 5-1 Hyderabad FC
TP Rehenesh- 6.0
The Malayali goalkeeper conceded from the only shot Hyderabad had on goal, but had nothing much to do for the rest of the game. Rehenesh deserves credit for the long ball he played to Messi Bouli, who went on to link up with Holicharan Narzary and score seconds later.
Rehenesh was called into action late in the game and he stepped up, despite being quiet for most of the game, as he brilliantly stopped Bobo from scoring his second.
Mohammad Rakip- 5.0
Hyderabad’s goal came from his side and he seemed to struggle against Marcelinho. However, Rakip became silent and comfortable after Kerala Blasters took the lead. His crosses on the night were hit and miss.
Jessel Carneiro- 6.5
A typical Jessel Carneiro performance. The left-back did his defensive duties well, while also being active in Blasters’ attacks. Jessel, who was active in taking set-pieces, played some decent crosses and passes on the night. The defender was rewarded for his performance by getting the assist for Seityasen’s goal. Skied a late free-kick though.
Jeakson Singh- 6.0
Jeakson was not involved in the goals and wasn’t influential going forward. However, the youngster made sure he did his duties well. The midfielder continues to impress for the Blasters. His control and confidence on the ball is commendable.
Holicharan Narzary- 6.5
While his crosses were often hit and miss, it was a much-improved performance by Narzary. The winger linked up well with Ogbeche befofore setting up Messi Bouli’s goal. He grew in confidence as the game went on and looked even better in the second half. Was replaced by Prasanth Karuthadathkuni late in the game.
Seityasen Singh- 7.5
Easily the star of the match! Started his goal involvement with the assist for Drobarov’s goal. He then scored a brilliant solo effort in the second half, as he dribbled past Sahil Panwar and found the back of the net with a shot from outside the box.
However, he could have done better to stop Abhishek Halder just before the visitors scored their goal.
Sahal Abdul Samad- 5.5
Sahal looked lively when he came on for Messi Bouli late in the second half. There was some lovely footwork from him. He was also shown a yellow card during his short time on the pitch.
Prasanth Karuthadathkuni- N/A
Prasanth came on for Narzary in the 87th minute and had no time to make an impact on the game.
Darren Caldeira- N/A
Replaced Moustapha Gning in the dying minutes of the game.
Laxmikant Kattimani- 2.0
Kattimani was handed his first start of the season and that was not the way to impress. It was an absolute horror show from the goalkeeper. He was at fault for at least four of Blasters’ goals and some may argue he was at fault for all the goals. Two points might be a little bit too generous at this moment.
Ashish Rai- 4.0
Ashish did not struggle like Sahil on the other side, but conceding five goals is never good news for a defender. He will be hoping that this game never happened.
Sahil Panwar- 3.0
A bad night for the 20-year-old. Sahil’s game can be summed by the moment when he was sent back to Dehradun by Seityasen, who went on to score a brilliant solo goal – with some help from Kattimani – after easily dribbling past the defender.
Minutes later, he faced another situation when Messi Bouli ran past him, while he found himself on the ground. The young defender was taken off for Gurtej Singh in the 67th minute of the game.
Adil Khan- 3.0
It was all well and good for Adil until Rafael Lopez Gomez had to go off with an injury. Having started the game in midfield, he was moved into central defence following the foreigner’s injury.
While he was not particularly at fault for any of the goals, the fact that the Blasters scored three goals in the 15 minutes following his switch to central defence needs to be noted.
Adil struggled very much against Ogbeche and Messi.
Nikhil Poojary- 4.0
Nikhil always showed intent, but his end product was lacking at the same time. Had little influence in attack for Hyderbad, who only had two shots on target in the game.
Abhishek Halder- 5.0
Abhishek was the only positive for Hyderabad in the game. It was his through ball to Marcelinho that saw the Brazilian setup Bobo’s opener. He kept on pressing hard and caused the Blasters defence a bit of trouble in the first half, before the visitors faded off in the second.
Abhishek was shown the yellow card for a poor foul on Seityasen.
Gurtej Singh- 4.0
Gurtej came on for a struggling Sahil in the 67th minute. Hyderabad were already 4-1 down when he came on and there was nothing much he could do.