Subrata Paul tops the charts in Jamshedpur's battle of attrition
Written by: Sourav Neogi
The difficult playing conditions meant the match was all about the survival of the fittest.
Another disappointing display at the JRD Tata Sports Complex ensured a draw for the combatants, Jamshedpur FC and ATK in the Indian Super League on Friday. Jamshedpur's newly appointed head coach Steve Coppell's strategies paid off against the defending champions , who could not defeat Subrata Paul under the bars and were forced to collect only one point in Jharkhand. Let’s have a look at how the Indian players performed in the match.
Subrata Paul (8.5)
Suprata Paul acrobatic save.
The Jamshedpur FC custodian had an impressive outing against the defending champions on Friday. A former India international, Paul made some important saves against ATK which helped his side to stay in the fight until the end. The former NorthEast United goalkeeper displayed some fine acrobatic skills to keep the visitors’ free-kicks at bay. The veteran goalkeeper also made an impressive one-on-one shot by Robin Singh in the second half, which could have changed the flow of the game.
Shouvik Ghosh (5.5)
One of the weakest links in the Jamshedpur lineup. The left-back was exploited several times in the game as Zequinha and Njazi Kuqi got the better off him in both the halves. The full-back also could not pose enough threat going forward, being intercepted by Prabir Das on numerous occasions and losing possession in the process. The 25-year-old defender also left a gap in Jamshedpur’s backline which resulted in multiple crosses by ATK forwards which could have changed the scoresheet at any time during the match.
Souvik Chakrabarti (5.5)
The former Mohun Bagan defender had a tough outing against ATK on Friday. Chakrabarti had to deal with Bipin Singh in front of him, who took the defender for a joyride whenever he got a hold of the ball. Chakrabarti was also caught out of position multiple times during the match, which allowed Bipin to go on forward runs and exploit Jamshedpur’s right flank.
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Mehtab Hossain (6.5)
The midfield general for Jamshedpur FC also did not have a glorious outing against ATK. However, Hossain was clearly instructed to do the dirty work for his side, intercepting balls and breaking up plays by Eugeneson Lyngdoh whenever the latter received the ball. Known for his merciless tackles, Hossain forced Lyngdoh to exit the game early. However, failed to keep up with his replacement, Rupert Nongrum in the rest of the match.
Jerry Mawihmingthanga (7.0)
Jerry misses on the angle
The 20-year-old Jamshedpur forward had a good outing against ATK on Friday night. The Mizoram born player made some exceptional runs in the opposition half. However, his impact on the game was limited by his lack of physicality. The youngster helped his side in aerial play and posed a serious threat to the ATK defence throughout the game.
Farukh Chaudhary (5.0)
Arguably, the weakest link in the Jamshedpur team. The former Kerala Blasters striker could not make a dent against ATK’s central defensive duo of Tom Thorpe and Jordi Montel, who marked him in a calm and composed manner, denying him any opportunities to score. Chaudhary was rarely seen in possession, which resulted in Kervens Belfort and Memo taking the attacking duties on their shoulders.
Bikash Jairu (5.5)
Replaced Jerry Mawihmingthanga in the 71st minute. The former ATK forward added flair, creativity and injected much-needed pace in Jamshedpur’s gameplay after he came on. However, Keegan Pereira’s brilliant marking of Jairu made sure of no late heartbreak for ATK.
Prabir Das (6.5)
The ATK full-back had a nice outing at the JRD Tata Sports Complex on Friday. After his horrendous performance against FC Pune City in the last game, the full-back was completely changed his gameplay against league newbies Jamshedpur. The 23-year-old defender put up a brilliant defensive display, containing the threat of Belfort several times in the game. HE was also given a strictly defensive role, which helped his side not to open up in the wide areas quickly. The former Mohun Bagan man also made some important interceptions and covered for Thorpe multiple times, which did not go unnoticed by the fans and pundits alike.
Keegan Pereira (6.0)
Although, a sound defensive figure for the visitors, Pereira could not match up with Bipin’s pace in the game. However, the Mumbai born defender was successful in containing threats on the left flank, denying Mawihmingthanga any space to operate in. This resulted in troubling times for Jamshedpur striker Farukh Chaudhary, who was suffocated without any aerial balls to put in the back of the net. Pereira also took Belfort and Memo head on sometimes, providing cover for Montel in the process.
Bipin Singh Thounaojam (6.0)
After his heroics against the Stallions, the ATK head coach Teddy Sheringham decided to interchange his position with Zequinha on the left side. Singh played up to expectations against Jamshedpur, plying his trade on the left wing and creating chances for Robin Singh and Hitesh Sharma in the opponent half. However, the youngster looked predictable at times against the Jamshedpur defenders, who denied him space to cut in and unleash his full strength against the hosts.
Hitesh Sharma (5.5)
The ATK youngster had another not so impressive evening donning the Kolkata colours. Playing in a free box-to-box role, the midfielder was seen making mistakes in interception several times during the game. One such moment arose in the 11th minute when Jamshedpur’s Memo shot a long ranger from 25 yards with Sharma tailing him. However, the former Mumbai FC starlet decided against intercepting the Brazilian, which could have ended up as a match-winning moment for the hosts. However, the youngster made up for his mistakes with his excellent read of the attacking play as he complimented Robin Singh extensively during the game.
Eugeneson Lyngdoh (5.5)
One of the star Indian players plying his trade in this year’s ISL. After an average display against Pune, the midfielder started the match brightly against Jamshedpur but was forced to come off in the 43rd minutes after picking up an injury. Lyngdoh helped his side break up play several times in the first half as he marked Mawihmingthanga closely and denied him possession in the middle of the pitch.
Robin Singh (5.5)
Robin Singh post-Jamshedpur FC interview
Despite high hopes from him, the Indian international finished the game being one of the disappointments of the match. With ATK’s recent goal drought, Singh was entrusted to get the goals for his team against the hosts, a task which he came close to fulfilling once or twice in the match but could not capitalize at the end. The former Bengaluru FC striker was unable to penetrate Jamshedpur’s defensive line and was caught in the offside trap often which made ATK’s goal hunt difficult against the Jharkhand-based side.
Rupert Nongrum (7.0)
An early replacement for the injured Lyngdoh in the dying moments of the first half. Nongrum added the needed pace in the midfield, which helped ATK to fend off Hossain off their backs. In the absence of Lyngdoh, Nongrum rotated the ball relatively well than what was expected. He also made some key passes, one of which saw Kuqi coming close to scoreing late in the second half.
Published: Sat Dec 02, 2017 05:14 PM IST