ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, Kerala Blasters vs Jamshedpur FC: Chances Galore but Kerala Held to Goalless Draw

ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, Kerala Blasters vs Jamshedpur FC: Kerala Blasters had a frustrating night as they hit the post thrice and Jordan Murray missed a number of chances. Full Time:- KBFC 0-0 JFC

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Match 110, GMC Stadium Bambolim, 28 Feb, 21 19:30

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21:50 (IST)

Kerala Blasters Assistant Coach Ishfaq Ahmed After the Match

"I think when we go back and analyse the match, we had a lot of chance, we missed them. We need to check the height of the goalpost today (chuckles). They pressed us high initially but then we got control. A little bit unfortunate, the boys worked hard, they stuck to our plans. The coach will be disappointed that we didn't get three points but we go on and look at the next games.

"It will come sooner or later but I think right now I am learning a lot from our head coach. He is a very good human being and he is teaching me a lot in trainings and my time will come.

"You did everything to get the three points but you couldn't and it's disappointing. But I am glad they were really motivated and wanted to win this match, it's not easy without the coach at the sidelines. We go on from here."

21:46 (IST)

Jamshedpur FC Head Coach Owen Coyle After the Game

"In the first few minutes, we were very comfortable. The last 15 minutes from Kerala were great, their players were getting in between the lines. We had chances and we could have scored too. It was important to keep the clean sheet as well. Without any disrespect, this is a club that has never been in the playoffs, so these draws play a part as well as much as I wanted to win. Pleased with the point.

"Sometimes even as a striker, you contribute to goals instead of just scoring and Valskis does that. He is still getting chances, it's just about finishing them and he's a great striker. If we can get some better crosses, he can start scoring for fun. As a team may be we can help him more.

"I think we did control the game in the beginning but we lost a bit from the point where Kerala took control. We are a team who haven't been in the playoffs, so we habe to take it bit-by-bit. There's all to play for and it's never over. That's what we strive for."

21:41 (IST)

Jordan Murray After the Match

"It's probably the most frustrating match I have played in my career. To come off the park and play like that but not score, I am at loss of words.

"We have been unlucky in so many of our games but the mindset of the players can be affected by draws rather than win. It's just about believing in ourselves here.

"We look back at our first game and we got a lot of chances from in behind and we tried to do the same thing. We had so many chances, Gary was also frustrated that it could only hit the post. But the positive is we were in those positions. We practice more in training and go on for the next game.

"It is very different. Not having gaffer there. Having his voice and tactics even at drinks break, it's different. But we tried to do our best, stick to what he told us ahead of the match but it's different to not have the gaffer at the touchline."

21:36 (IST)

Hero of the Match Sahal Abdul Samad After the Game

"It's frustrating because we worked so hard, believed in ourselves. We created so many chances but couldn't score. We just have to keep going on.

"I am happy to contribute for the team. I am happy with my entire team's performance.

"The positive mindset from the team - that's what we take from here. And we look forward to the next game."

21:32 (IST)

Full-time Stats

Kerala had more of the possession and took a total of 18 shots but only two on target (excluding the ones that hit the crossbar). Jamshedpur had a total of eight shots with four on target!

21:29 (IST)

FULL TIME

What an exciting game from Kerala Blasters! Chances galore both in the first half and the second half but they just couldn't find the back of the net. Gary Hooper managed to get one just beyond the goal line but it wasn't given by the referee and the linesman. Jordan Murray had a number of chances but he just couldn't find the target and kept shooting wide or over. Puitea, who was exquisite with his passes, also hit the post. Extremely dramatic, Jamshedpur had more shots on target (4) but Kerala Blasters had a total of 18 shots, only two on target and none found the back of the net.

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

21:26 (IST)

90+5' | How unlucky! Bakary Kone is up the pitch helping link the play. The final shot from Sahal is deflected out for a corner with Jordan Murray lurking around. Nothing comes off the corner and the whistle is blows.

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21:20 (IST)

89' | Some good play from Kerala Blasters and Sahal sometimes did too much but then laid off a perfect pass for Seityasen, whose shot is blocked. Off the corner, the clearance falls for Sahal at the edge of the box but he blazes his shot over.

Kerlaa Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

21:06 (IST)

KERALA BLASTERS SUBSTITUTIONS

77' | Puitea is replaced by Seityasen Singh.

83' | Juande comes on for Gary Hooper and Prasanth Karuthadathkuni replaces Rohit Kumar.

21:03 (IST)

74' | Some good play from Kerala Blasters once again and Jordan Murray has a chance from outside the box but his curling strike goes wide once again. Kerala are getting closer and closer but just can't find the back of the net.

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

21:02 (IST)

Murray Off the Target

71' | Beautiful one-touch football between Murray and Hooper and Hooper runs up the pitch with the ball but instead of going for goal, he tries to pass the ball and it ends up going for a corner. Off the corner, Murray gets a free header but once again, he heads it off target.

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

21:00 (IST)

Rohit Miss

69' | Sahal with a good cushioned header for Rohit, who can't get his shot. Even in the second chance, his shot is blocked.

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

20:56 (IST)

66' | Beautiful work from Puitea on the right. He whips in a beautiful curling cross from his weaker right foot for Murray, whose header is just wide. That was a great chance for the Blasters!

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

20:53 (IST)

JAMSHEDPUR FC SUBSTITUTIONS

64' | Mohammad Mobashir replaces Len Doungel.

72' | Farukh makes way for Aniket Jadhav.

20:52 (IST)

61' | Puitea with a good corner delivery to the far post for Gary Hooper, who is free, but he can't get his header on target. He is disappointed with himself for that effort.

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

20:45 (IST)

56' | Fitzgerald with a decent chance but he can't connect with the ball perfectly and Albino is able to make the save. Valskis is just not making those runs in the box.

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20:42 (IST)

52' | Another diagonal ball from Kerala Blasters behind Eze and Narender and it forces a mistake and enables Jordan Murray to get on top of the ball and go for goal. But his shot is just over.

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

20:39 (IST)

50' | Kerala Blasters have control of the game early on in the second half just like they had towards the end of the first.

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

20:36 (IST)

2ND HALF UNDERWAY

The second half of Kerala Blasters vs Jamshedpur FC at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim has begun. Kerala Blasters had a very unlucky end to the first half where they hit the crossbar three times but the ball just wouldn't go in.

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

20:28 (IST)

Half-time Stats

Kerala Blasters had more of the ball possession and numerically had two shots on target (crossbar hits not included). Jamshedpur had one shot on target which took a touch off Albino's fingertips to bounce out off the bar.

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20:27 (IST)

HALF TIME

What a half that! Jamshedpur FC were creating chances but Neijus Valskis didn't look very sharp. Puitea was lively for Kerala Blasters as he delivered a stunning ball which Murray failed to bury and hit the crossbar close to half time. Gary Hooper's stunning strike from outside the box hit the crossbar and seemed to have crossed the goal line but the linesman did not spot it and did not give the goal. Towards the end, Jordan Murray headed at the goal but was denied by Rehenesh. So many chances and no goal, will Kerala Blasters go on to rue these missed opportunities?

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

20:20 (IST)

48' | Sahal lays it off well for Sandeep, who delivers a perfect ball for Murray. Murray's header is palmed and it falls for Puitea whose powerful shot hits the post. Unlucky that!

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

20:17 (IST)

Murray Miss

44' | Miss by Jordan Murray! Puitea did extremely well to get past his marker and delivered an inch-perfect pass for Murray to get him through. But Murray's shot hits the side-netting.

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

20:15 (IST)

Off the Bar

42' | OFF THE CROSSBAR! Hooper takes a good shot at goal but it takes the inside of the crossbar and bounces out. In the replays, it seemed like the ball had crossed the line but the goal was not given.

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20:03 (IST)

30' | A really good ball for Valskis on he right with him completely unmarked. But he can't control the ball, tries to go acrobatic and is eventually tackled.

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19:57 (IST)

23' | Mistake from Narender Gahlot as he gets a long ball as backpass but he heads it straight into the path of Jordan Murray on his right. Murray runs up with the ball and puts it in the middle for Gary Hooper. But it cleared before it could reach Hooper. However, in process of clearing the ball, Eze injures his own goalkeeper but Rehenesh is tended to by the physios.

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

19:52 (IST)

19' | Sahal does well on the right to get a corner. Puitea delivers a good one in the middle but it is cleared out only till it reaches Bakary Kone, who plays it adjacent to himself. Gary Hooper, however, is flagged offside.

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19:47 (IST)

14' | Len with a slightly overdone pass for Valskis and it goes straight towards Costa Nhamoinesu, who heads it away.

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

19:41 (IST)

Albino Redeems Himself

8' | Save and off the post! Albino tries to be a little too cute and tries to play a short pass but ends up putting it straight for Valskis. Valskis takes a couple of touches to get a fizzing shot but Albino just gets his fingertips to it, which takes it off the post and out. Bakary Kone was also standing on the goal line, covering for Albino.

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

19:37 (IST)

5' | It's been a balanced game so far with neither team getting on top of the other.

Kerala Blasters 0-0 Jamshedpur FC

ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, Kerala Blasters vs Jamshedpur FC: Chances Galore but Kerala Held to Goalless Draw

ISL 2020-21 Kerala Blasters vs Jamshedpur FC HIGHLIGHTS: Kerala Blasters settled for a 0-0 draw with Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 during Match No.73 at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Wednesday. It was a frustrating night for the Blasters as they hit the post thrice and missed a number of opportunities and had to settle for just a point. Kerala Blasters have a number of chances, go close so many times but they just can't find the finish. Jordan Murray has a beautiful chance off a perfect curling pass from Puitea but heads it just wide. Kerala have had more of the ball possession since the second half began. Kerala Blasters will consider themselves unlucky as Gary Hooper and Puitea hit the crossbar and Rehenesh also denied Jordan Murray. Both teams are having a go at each other but Jamshedpur FC have had slightly better chances. Puitea gets a start for Kerala Blasters while Jordan Murray is back in the starting XI as well. Kerala are missing Rahul KP and Jeakson Singh due to suspension. Jamshedpur FC have Farukh and Len starting again. Kerala Blasters and Jamshedpur FC will both be going for a win here as the Blasters look to keep up the momentum they have gained recently while Jamshedpur eye getting back to winning ways.

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Both Kerala Blasters and Jamshedpur FC have 14 points after 13 games and are at the ninth and eighth place in the league table, respectively. Both teams will want a win and no less here in order to leapfrog three and two teams, respectively to sixth spot in the standings. Kerala have two wins, two draws and one loss in their last five games while Jamshedpur FC drew their previous game before which they lost three consecutive matches. The last meeting between the two sides witnessed a five-goal thriller that Kerala won. And with a lot at stake on Wednesday, more of the same could be in store.

Kerala Blasters assistant coach Ishfaq Ahmed, who will be filling in for their suspended coach Kibu Vicuna, is hopeful of more clean sheets coming their way. "We had two clean sheets and the reason is, other teams also play football and they want to score," he said. "In the first half of the season, we know that we didn't have a great start. We missed some crucial players in many matches but that is in the past now. We have been playing better football now. It's always a personal goal for our team and the goalkeeper (Albino Gomes) to keep more clean sheets as they can make you win the championship. Albino is trying and he is doing his job. Hopefully, the whole team will support him and we manage to keep more clean sheets by the end of the season."

Despite shipping goals often, Kerala will be proud of their exploits in the attacking third with only Mumbai City FC and FC Goa having scored more goals than them. Also, 9 different players have been among the goals - most by a team. In contrast, Jamshedpur have not been the most efficient in terms of scoring goals. They have netted only on 13 occasions, which is the third worst-tally in the league alongside bottom-placed SC East Bengal. They struggled to score in their goalless draw against Hyderabad FC in the previous game, but one major takeaway for Owen Coyle was the attacking intent his side displayed. "With Farukh (Choudhary) and Len Doungel coming in, they added great dimension to our forward play and it was evident in the Hyderabad game," he said. "That was a real positive. We saw that we were a more attack-minded team, going for the three points and wanted that momentum."

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