David Williams scored for the second game on the trot as Antonio Lopez Habas’ men sealed an impressive success.

ATK came out victorious against Chennaiyin FC, in what was a royal ISL fixture, featuring two former champions. The eventual 0-1 scoreline certainly flatters the Chennai defence, who could’ve conceded three times before the whistle had blown for the end of the first half. Some terrible refereeing, added to miserable finishing from Chennai, meant that the men from Kolkata were able to steal a crucial away win.

The goal came from their star man David Williams, who linked-up well with his former A-League teammate Roy Krishna. Some excellent work from Prabir Das down the right flank resulted in Javier Hernandez having a drive at goal, only for it to deflect into the feet of the Australian. Although, Chennai pushed for a winner in the final stages, some solid defending from ATK meant that they took home all three points.

Let’s take a look at how the Indian players fared in what was a nail-biting ninety minutes of football:

Chennaiyin FC

Vishal Kaith- 5.0

The Chennaiyin shot-stopper was guilty of dwelling on the ball for too long in the first half and was lucky not to gift ATK an opener. He was helpless against the only goal of the match.

Edwin Vanspaul- 6.0

Although, the full-back linked-up well with Dragos Firtulescu in the opening 30 minutes, he was a spectator for large periods of the game. Had a speculative attempt go narrowly wide in the second half, as he team pushed for the equaliser.

Watch: Chennaiyin FC Vs ATK highlights

Tondonba Singh- 5.5

Like Vanspaul on the right, Tondonba Singh did well to create some excellent opportunities in the opening phase of the game, working well with Lallianzuala Chhangte. Didn’t have quite the same effect in the second half, as he was slowly eased out of the game.

Dhanpal Ganesh- 5.0

Struggled to maintain possession in the middle of the park and gave it away cheaply on multiple occasions. He didn’t offer too much going forward on the night either, as ATK’s sweeping midfield neutralized whatever threat he posed.

Anirudh Thapa- 5.0

The Indian midfield maestro was far from his best against the team from Kolkata, as he roamed on the periphery of the game right from the opening whistle. Although, he played a couple of good diagonals across the pitch, he didn’t have his usual influence in the middle of the park.

Lallianzuala Chhangte- 6.0

The 22-year-old is undoubtedly the most lethal player in the Chennai ranks and he displayed his quality to the maximum in the opening 30 minutes. After ATK took control of the match though, he seemed to completely disappear from proceedings.


Arindam Bhattacharya- 7.5

ATK’s man between the sticks was solely responsible for keeping Chennai at bay in the opening minutes of the game. He did well for the entirety of the fixture and made multiple top saves to prolong the Chennai attack’s miserable run without a goal.

Pritam Kotal- 7.0

Kotal did well in defence on the night and was able to soak up a lot of late pressure as well. As Chennai pushed for parity, he made multiple key tackles in important areas of the pitch, in order to keep the opposition at bay.

Anas Edathodika- 7.0

Was guilty of ball-watching at times in the first half, but came back well in the latter stages of the fixture. He controlled the ATK backline with his dynamism and aggressive defending style. He was calm, collected and never flustered when required to play out from the back.

Prabir Das- 7.5

The man from West Bengal played a massive part in the attack that led to the only goal of the game. He did well to win the ball on the right flank and superbly pulled it back to create the opportunity. Moved the ball with a lot of courage in the second half as well.

Watch: Prabir Das talks after the hard-fought game against Chennaiyin FC

Pronay Halder- 6.5

The player didn’t have the best game in the middle of the park for ATK and was withdrawn by Antonio Habas in the second half. His passing was wayward at times and he could’ve done better with his forward movement as well. Popped up with some excellent tackles and interceptions though.

Michael Soosairaj- 7.0

He was ATK’s liveliest threat in the opening 60 minutes of the game. But a nasty challenge from Eli Sabia forced him out in the second half. Made some trademark mazy runs forward and created some scoring chances as well.


Jayesh Rane- 5.0

He was thrown on by Habas because of the unexpected knock picked up by Michael Soosairaj. He was forced to do a lot of defending in the 20 minutes that he was on the pitch.

Sehnaj Singh- NA

Came on in the final minutes of the game and didn’t have the time to make any sort of impact.