The sides settled for a point each as there were not many standout performances by the players.
Kerala Blasters were dealt another blow in their top-four ambitions when they were held in their latest Indian Super League fixture against NorthEast United with a 1-1 scoreline. Interestingly, both the teams were awarded dubious penalties, leading to the goals for both sides.
The sharing of points was probably a fair result as the contest was closely fought and there weren’t any breathtaking performances by domestic players.
WATCH: Match Highlights – Kerala Blasters 1-1 NorthEast United
Here are the player ratings from Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast United:
Kerala Blasters FC
TP Rehenesh – 5.5
TP Rehenesh was not called into action a lot of times by the visitors. He could not have done much with the equaliser that was conceded through a penalty. The custodian faced three shots and saved two of them.
Jessel Carneiro – 5.5
Jessel Carneiro had his hands full dealing with the pacy Redeem Tlang on his flank but did a decent defensive job. He provided width going forward and combined well with Prasanth on few occasions.
Mohamad Rakip – 6.5
Mohammad Rakip was a workhorse on the right flank for the hosts as he covered spaces behind him with ease but showed good composure on the ball in tight situations. He got himself in good crossing situations and this is where he needs to improve upon in the forthcoming matches.
Raju Gaikwad – 5
Raju Gaikwad was having a decent display in the heart of the defence for Kerala Blasters but a hamstring injury right before the conclusion of the first half forced the 29-year-old to be taken off against NorthEast United.
Seityasen Singh – 6
Seityasen Singh impressed with his speed and movement on the flanks and went on to provide a few decent deliveries inside the box as well. He was substituted in the second half to inject more speed by the gaffer as the attacker ran out of steam.
Prasanth Karuthadathkuni – 6.5
Prasanth has been impressive on the left-flank for the Manjappada this term and so was the case tonight as well. His energy and work-rate were on full display as he delivered several good crosses inside and also tracked back to assist the full-back in defence, amassing a total of nine tackles.
Sahal Abdul Samad – 4
Sahal Abdul Samad started a game after a while but was shockingly poor in his display. Lack of sharpness on the ball coupled with a lethargic off-the-ball movement made him cut an isolated figure. As a result of his lacklustre performance, the gaffer chose to substitute last year’s Emerging Player of the Year at the 39th-minute mark itself.
Jeakson Singh – 6
Jeakson Singh was brought on for injured Gaikwad and had to shift in a defensive role. The player who is otherwise a midfielder chiefly did a decent enough job holding the opposition at bay and was calm in passing the ball from the back.
Rahul KP – 6
Rahul KP was brought to instil some energy and quality on the right flank. His early impression was good, tracked back well using his speed. However, it was the lack of quality in the final third which was very visible.
NorthEast United FC
Subhasish Roy – 5
Subhasish Roy gave away a poor penalty and was booked for the challenge, which could be argued was a bit harsh on him by the referee. Apart from that incident, much like his counterpart, the custodian saved two shots out of the three he faced on target.
Rakesh Pradhan – 6.5
Rakesh Pradhan was the star-performer in the NorthEast defence. He was very vigilant in closing down spaces behind the backline and owing to his speed, was a tough nut to crack all night. His contribution to the attacking front has room for improvement.
Reagan Singh – 6
Both full-backs were on song for the Highlanders, which made it tough for KBFC to find many clear cut opportunities. Reagan Singh was defensively aware and held off Seityasen Singh’s challenge. His ability to latch on to loose balls and recover them were also noteworthy.
Redeem Tlang – 6
Redeem Tlang’s performance on the night was characteristic of his usual abilities where he ran his socks off on the right flank and caused a few problems for the opposition full-backs. He should have scored as well when he found himself one-on-one with the keeper but dragged his effort narrowly wide.
Lalthathanga Khawlhring – 5.5
One of his high points of the game was a delicate touch and acrobatic shot in the second half but apart from that, the midfielder did not have much to offer. He had to do a lot of defending since the opposition midfielders dominated most of the possession.
Lalengmawia – 5.5
The 19-year-old did a lot of running and chasing, playing in a holding midfield role but looked out of his depth when in possession of the ball. He was also given a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Ogbeche and needs to do more to impress the boss.
Milan Singh – 5.5
The former Kerala Blasters player was brought on in the second half to provide more stability in midfield. Milan Singh was comfortable in his passing and performed his role well, enabling his side to leave with a point.
Ninthoi – 5
Ninthoi was brought on late in the game to put pressure on the Kerala Blasters defenders, owing to his speed and tenacity upfront. The attacker could not impact the proceedings as his side was ready to sit back and hold for a draw, leading to a lack of chances on the other end.