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Two points lost – Kerala Blasters have themselves and the goalscorer to blame for frustrating draw against Jamshedpur


Lots of chances but zero goals between Jamshedpur and Kerala Blasters on Wednesday…

The Kerala Blasters attempted 12 shots and created plenty of scoring opportunities against Jamshedpur in their Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 game on Wednesday.

They delivered one of their best performances of the season, to come away with a point. After scoring their sixth draw of the season, they remain eighth on the table with 15 points in 14 games.

While both teams had scoring chances, the Blasters just seemed more likely to break the deadlock throughout the 90 minutes.

Jamshedpur had golden chances here and there, just like when Albino Gomes came out of his line and failed to clear a long ball into the box early on. The ball hit Nerijus Valskis whose effort hit the post before Bakary Kone cleared the danger.

With Jeakson Singh and Rahul KP missing due to suspensions, the team lacked a bit of finesse in the final third but the players didn’t lack intensity.

Gary Hooper and Jordan Murray were paired up front again and the duo delivered a much improved display as a Kibu Vicuna suspended from the stands.

Hooper had an impact on the game. He put the ball into the net from Murray’s low cross in the first half, but he moved a bit too early and was ruled offside.

Minutes before half-time, a fierce shot from the edge of the box from the former Celtic striker rattled the crossbar and bounced from inside TP Rehnesh’s goal. While replays made it clear the ball had entered, a lack of goal technology and with the linesman out of position the goal was not given.

The second half saw more effort from the Kerala Blasters to break the deadlock, but the Jamshedpur defense, led by Stephen Eze and Narender Gahlot in the absence of influential Peter Hartley, held on. good in his own half.

A more efficient Jamshedpur with a fitter Nerijus Valskis would have scored an out of play goal and won on Wednesday, but it was not.

With the game ending in a draw, it will be the Kerala Blasters side reportedly more frustrated by the events on the pitch which cost them two points. But there was enough in that display to get fans excited about their next two matches – against ATK Mohun Bagan and Mumbai City, which could make or break their season.