The Blasters are on a winless run of eight games now.
A Chennaiyin FC side, which is under new management, took on a Kerala Blasters team that was struggling for form, with no wins in their last seven outings in the Indian Super League. The scoreline at the end of the game was 3-1 to Chennaiyin FC. Goals from Lallianzuala Chhangte, Andre Schembri and Nerijus Valskis ensured victory for the home side.
We at Khel Now bring you the ratings of the Indian players who were a part of this enthralling contest:
Vishal Kaith- 7.0
Kaith was commanding in his box with catches, punches and interceptions galore. The Chennaiyin FC shot-stopper could do little to stop a thunderbolt from Kerala Blasters’ Bartholemew Ogbeche in the 14th minute, but was rarely threatened for the rest of the match.
Edwin Sydney Vanspaul- 7.5
An accomplished outing from the Chennaiyin FC full-back, who looks to be growing into his role following his move from Chennai City FC in the summer. Vanspaul made four clearances, two crosses and three tackles in the first half. A fantastic performance from the defender.
Tondonba Singh- 6.0
Functional if not spectacular. Tondonba Singh marshalled the left-hand side of the pitch, making four tackles, four clearances and an interception in the process. While he did not possess the potency of Edwin Vanspaul going forward, Tondonba will be proud of his performance.
Anirudh Thapa- 7.0
The youngster was at the centre of everything good his side did for the entirety of the game, playing an important part in all the goals. Thapa created chances, made three interceptions, five tackles, and was crucial in Chennaiyin FC’s transition from defence to attack against Kerala Blasters.
Lallianzuala Chhangte- 8.0
Chennaiyin FC fans finally got a glimpse of the player they expected in Chhangte. The winger made more sprints than any other player on the pitch and was rewarded for his hard work with a goal and an assist. Owen Coyle will be hoping to see more of the same from the youngster for the rest of the campaign.
Germanpreet Singh- 7.0
An industrious performance from the Chennaiyin FC midfielder, who covered every blade of grass against the Blasters. Germanpreet made four clearances, blocked a shot and had two himself, in what was quite an impressive showing.
Thoi Singh- 5.0
Did not have much of an impact for the 33 minutes that he was on the pitch. Thoi will have to be more impressive, if he is to get his way back into the side.
TP Rehenesh- 5.0
TP Rehenesh is not going to want to remember this game. The goalkeeper saw his side ship three goals in the first half. He was left abandoned by his defence for two of them and was at fault for the third.
Rehenesh was lucky to escape without a booking after he hurtled into Chhangte, who smartly lobbed the ball over the keeper.
Raju Gaikwad- 6.0
Gaikwad looked like a fish out of water every time the Chennaiyin players ran at him. The central defender had a game to forget and was partially at fault for the third Chennaiyin goal.
However, the defender did maintain a passing accuracy of 81% and made two clearances and a block over the course of the 90 minutes.
Mohamad Rakip- 4.0
Rakip maintained a decent passing accuracy of 83%. However, that was the sum total of his positive influence on the match. The full-back was continually stripped of possession, outrun and outplayed by Chhangte, conceding chance after chance.
Seityasen Singh- 5.0
A largely anonymous performance from the attacker. Singh failed to make a single cross, shot or create a single chance for the 63 minutes that he was on the pitch. Eelco Schattorie will expect more from him.
Jeakson Singh- 6.0
The youngster struggled to create chances in attack, despite his impressive passing accuracy of 81%. Singh made two blocks and one interception during the match, but looked bereft of ideas going forward.
Prasanth Karuthadathkuni- 6.0
Another baffling performance from a KBFC player. Prashanth managed two crosses, two interceptions and a block, but failed to create a single chance or take a single shot over the course of the game. Quite unacceptable from a player brought into the side for creativity and industry.
Sahal Abdul Samad- 5.0
The young midfielder was brought in to bring creativity and a cutting edge that his side lacked. However, Sahal failed to do so with a passing accuracy of just 62% and no chances created.