Kerala Blasters FC suffered a 2-0 loss to the Delhi Dynamos at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday. It was the Delhi Dynamos’ fans who had further reason to smile as their team went on top of the ISL table with this win.
The match was billed as the fight between the grittiest defence and most powerful forward-line as the hosts were at the top of the scoring charts and the visitors boasted of the league’s strongest defence. Delhi’s strikers showed great form to guide their team to a 2-0 win which took them to the top of the ISL table.
It was a familiar tale for Kerala Blasters as they produced a number of chances but their finishing was not up to the mark. Coach Steve Coppell said, “The first goal was unfortunate and that changed the game completely. We had to change our shape after that and it did not suit our style of play.”
Coppell wasn’t impressed that his team had to play four away games on the trot. “We have been away from our home ground for around two weeks now and it has been a major disadvantage. But we are working on our offensive play and a couple of good results can change our fortunes.”
Richard Gadze found the net for the hosts in the 55th minute, but his effort was ruled out as the striker was offside. However, he made up for his mistake as he capitalised on a defensive error a couple of minutes later to set up Kean Francis Lewis for the first goal of the match.
The goal changed the complexion of the match as the hosts started to attack with confidence and within five minutes of the opener, Marcelinho doubled the lead. Delhi skipper
Florent Malouda was able to find the Brazilian striker with a looping cross and the 29-year old nodded the ball over the keeper to score his fourth goal of the competition.
Coach Gianluca Zambrotta was pleased with the result, but asked his team to not get take their play-off position for granted.
“The team played brilliantly and I am extremely happy with our performance. Today’s match was against a very strong team and I am glad we came out on top.”
“We have improved a lot over the last few games and need to continue our run. We have a long journey ahead of us and it is necessary to stay focused on our target which is to reach the playoffs”, he added.