with this defeat, Kerala Blasters dropped out of the top four.

Ivan Vukomanovic’s Kerala Blasters lost the opportunity to go level on points with table-toppers Hyderabad FC. Jamshedpur FC defeated the Kochi-based side 3-0 on Thursday. The Men of Steel won two penalties, which Greg Stewart converted. New signing Daniel Chima Chukwu also scored to seal the deal for Jamshedpur FC.

Kerala Blasters’ head coach Ivan Vukomanovic addressed the media and discussed the game and his team’s performance.

Update on Hormipam’s injury

Ruivah Hormipam came late in the second half for Blasters. The Kerala Blasters’ youngster was involved in a head-clash with the Jamshedpur FC goalkeeper. The Kerala management rushed the 21-year-old centre-back to the hospital.

“It doesn’t look good. It makes me very sad about the things that I heard. He was transported to the hospital. We have to see later what is the situation. If it’s the worst-case scenario, we will probably miss him till the end of the season. Hopefully, not. But, if he has to undergo surgery, it will be very tough for us because he was one of the players who were improving. We would like to have him till the end of the season,” Ivan Vukomanovic updated.

The two penalties

Kerala conceded twice through penalties. Left-back Denechandram Meitei conceded the penalty in the first half, while centre-back Marko Leskovic conceded the second penalty in the first minute of the second half. Ivan Vukomanovic believes that lack of concentration cost his side the match.

When asked if the penalties took the match away from them, Ivan Vukomanovic replied, “Yes, of course. Because in these moments, we must admit that it was a poor decision of our players. We can speak about lack of concentration, but these are the decision-making moments where the players have to make those decisions. But anyway, it’s one second in the game and it happens.”

Denechandra Meitei’s performance

Kerala Blasters’ left-back Denechandram Meitei was at fault for at least two of the three goals they conceded. The 27-year-old left-back was playing for the first time this season. His Siberian head coach believes that the mistakes will only help him grow.

“If we speak about the first mistake, he’s a great person, a great player. It was his first game of the season. We have to give also some credit. He needs time to jump in these kinds of games, which can be very intimidating against very good opponents. We knew that there would be many duels and that we have to be very concentrated. So, a lack of concentration at that moment, as a player you face those moments and you’ve to be ready to play these kinds of games to improve,” the tactician commented.

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