The Marina Machans were once again at their defensive best to clinch three points on Sunday night.

Chennaiyin FC played out another defensive masterclass to get back to winning ways in the ISL against Jamshedpur FC on Sunday. The Marina Machans found the winner through Lukasz Gikiewicz’s header past the half-hour mark.

Bozidar Bandovic’s men buckled down to thwart any attacking danger from the Men of Steel. They dug in and came out victors through a gritty performance from the entire team. The win took Chennaiyin FC to the fifth spot in the standings, but more importantly, only two points off the top spot. Meanwhile, Jamshedpur had their fair share of chances, which they failed to convert into goals. Owen Coyle was left bitterly unimpressed with his side’s finishing and attacking performance.

Here are how both sets of players performed on Sunday evening.

Jamshedpur FC (by JN Balraj)

Rehenesh TP (GK) – 6.5

The former Kerala Blasters custodian has conceded a series of soft goals in the ongoing season. He made only one save with a punch and four clearances.

Laldinliana Renthlei – 5.5

The energetic right-back looked clueless in the final third most of the time. Dinliana made four tackles and one interception, but failed to deliver accurate crosses.

Narender Gehlot – 7.0

The youngster put in another impressive display at the heart of the defence. Narender made two clearances and interceptions with one tackle. He also won five aerial duels and played seven long balls.

Peter Hartley – 6.0

It’s rare to see Hartley commit mistakes, but the Englishman overcommitted often and should’ve marked Gikiewicz during the goal.

Ricky Lallawmawma – 6.5

The seasoned full-back made three crucial interceptions with a tackle. He had 91 touches, the most by any player on the night, and played two key passes.

Seiminlen Doungel – 6.0

The Indian midfielder failed to make an impact in his return and was subbed off at halftime. Len made only eight passes and had one shot on target.

Jitendra Singh – 6.5

The starlet was solid in the middle against Koman and Murzaev. He made 26 passes with three direct balls and won one tackle.

Alex Lima
Lima controlled the midfield well for Jamshedpur (Courtesy: ISL Media)

Alex Lima – 7.0

The Brazilian was probably the best player for Jamshedpur FC on the pitch on Sunday night. He won five aerial duels and made three successful tackles. Alex played two key passes as well with an overall passing accuracy of 81%.

Boris Singh – 7.0

Another young performer, Boris put in a good shift in absence of Komal Thatal. The winger completed two dribbles and won four ground duels with a key pass to his name.

Greg Stewart – 7.0

The Scot played three key passes and attempted as many dribbles with a shot on target. But he wasn’t at his influential best and was left frustrated on the night without a goal.

Jordan Murray – 6.5

Murray is yet to get a shot on target and had another dull outing. Although his three key passes caused some worries at the end, he was missing for most of the game.

Substitutes 

Ritwik Das – 6.0

Ritwik was brought in for Len after impressing in the last game. The winger seemed to be too eager to impress, but managed to get only 24 touches on the ball.

Ishan Pandita – 5.5

Ishan missed a sitter at the end along with a few other half chances. He needs to be more clinical and involve himself more in the game.

Mobashir Rahman – 7.2

He was on the pitch for 20 minutes and showed why the coach loves him. He played one key pass and one accurate cross. Mobashir also completed two dribbles and won five of his six ground duels.

Chennaiyin FC (by Kaushik G Viswanath)

Debjit Majumder (GK) – 7.0

Impressed on his debut for the club and did well in place of Vishal Kaith. Made some good saves and had a good command of his box and defence. Wasn’t tested too heavily by the Jamshedpur FC attack though.

Sajid Dhot
Sajid Dhot won the Hero of the Match on his Chennaiyin FC debut (Courtesy: ISL Media)

Mohamed Sajid Dhot – 8.5

Being awarded the Hero of the Match on his ISL debut speaks volumes about his performance. Gave everything on the pitch for his team. Completed 71% of his passes from the centre-back position as part of a back three. Made 12 clearances, one interception and blocked one shot on the night. 

Slavko Damjanovic – 8.0

Once again led his defence astutely well. Made five clearances, two successful interceptions, and blocked two shots. Did a great job of keeping Jordan Murray and Greg Stewart quiet. 

Narayan Das – 8.0

Wasn’t at his usual best but showed his experience as the left-sided centre-back. Made three clearances, one interception and blocked one shot. Only completed 54% of his passes but did a good job of disrupting Jamshedpur’s attacking rhythm with his positioning. 

Reagan Singh – 8.0

Put on a solid display as the right wing-back. Completed 79% of his passes and made three clearances and two interceptions.

Vladimir Koman – 7.5

Once again showed his quality. It was his free-kick that found Lukasz Gikiewicz for Chennaiyin FC’s winning goal. Created three chances and had 59 touches, the highest by any Chennaiyin FC player. Completed 75% of his passes and combined superbly with Thapa to run the Marina Machans’ midfield. Also won one tackle and made one interception to round off a great all-around performance. 

He was taken off in the 74th minute for Chhangte. 

Germanpreet Singh – 6.0

Lacked the clinical nature and prowess of Thapa and Koman. But still finished 76% of his passes and won two of his four attempted tackles. He also made one clearance and made three successful interceptions. He was taken off in the 64th minute for Chhangte. 

Anirudh Thapa – 8.0

Put in a consummate midfield performance. Covered every part of the pitch and marked Greg Stewart to make him play out of his comfort zone often. 

He was the only player other than Koman to create a chance for Chennaiyin FC on Sunday night. He registered a 65% passing accuracy, two clearances and one successful interception.

Jerry Lalrinzuala – 7.0

Wasn’t at his usual groundbreaking best on Sunday night. But still put in a committed performance. Won two tackles and one interception. Completed only 62% of his passes.

Mirlan Murzaev – 7.0

Caused trouble with his movement and overall gameplay, but couldn’t find the end product. Combined well with Koman and Gikiewciz, especially on the counter-attack. Registered a 68% passing accuracy, won two tackles, made two clearances and one interception respectively. 

Lukasz Gikiewicz – 8.0

Put in his best performance in a Chennaiyin FC shirt. Scored the winner for them and did well to hassle Jamshedpur’s defence with his movement and his physicality. Also won both his attempted tackles and made two clearances. 

Substitutes 

Edwin Vanspaul – 7.0

Came on in the 64th minute for Germanpreet Singh. Impressed in a defensive role by winning 75% of his tackles and making one interception. Couldn’t contribute more in the offensive end as Chennaiyin FC buckled down to take the game 1-0. 

Lallianzuala Chhangte – 6.0

Was brought on in the 74th minute. Didn’t have much to do in his 20-minute cameo other than completing all four passes he attempted. 

Rahim Ali – N/A 

Came on in the 91st minute and didn’t really have a lot of time to make an impact. Made a few strong challenges to win the ball back for his team.

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