ISL 2020-21 highlights, NEUFC vs JFC: Aniket goal, Rehenesh penalty save give Jamshedpur 1-0 win

ISL 2020-21, JFC vs NEUFC: Aniket Jadhav's second half goal gave Jamshedpur FC a 1-0 win over NorthEast United FC at Tilak Maidan.

Aniket Jadhav goal gives Jamshedpur FC 1-0 lead vs NorthEast United in an ISL game.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

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Podcast: Shyam Vasudevan and Aashin Prasad review the ups and downs of matchweek 4 of the Indian Super League on The Full Time Show.

Gerard Nus "We had fighting spirit and worked hard. We missed a chance with penalty and other chances. They have great players Valskis and the centre-backs. A great coach. It was an intense ga,me now we need to show true character of the team. [Combination of Sylla-Appiah] Our plan was to try work the centrebacks. We waned them to be aware of wide areas which we didn't exploit that. Other areas needed to be improved too. [Predictable stye?] We have different ways to create chances. In the long term, team is more hard to defend against us. We need to go in the direction. We need to learn from this loss. We did some good things and we need to know what we can work on. [Gallego fitness] We need to see everyday. He trained 2 days with the team. Other players ahve better rhythm. [Its a test for us to how we react on whether we are truly a family and if we can stick together. Sylla said sorry for the penalty and what matters is what we learn from it.

Owen Coyle "[on the win] Hard to work hard for cleansheet. We conceded some sloppy goals this season but boys are working hard. 7 players missing tonight, 7th game in 23 days. Credit to the boys. Still a lot of improvement needed. Its about rest and recovery. I thought we deserved the 3 points but it was coming. [Comparison with Chennaiyin and Jamshedpur] I think coming in to Chennaiyin i couldnt sign any players and coming in to Jamshedpur too there were a number of players already signed here. I signed Rehenesh, the Spanish lads, William. But most of the squad was already there. Technically players can be better, Understanding and game management needed to be worked on. We kow the threat of Nerka but we need other players to chip in. [On Valskis] Nerka was ousanding. He contributes a lot in other areas of the pitch, He had to play every minute. Grande is out. He is a credit to himself Strikers will have that but they NEUFC is a tough game causing problems the way they play. [Lima] He has been injured since start of the season but he has a big heart. He was still 80 per cent, he has a bit of everything about him."

Post match comments coming up...

FULL-TIME whistle is blown. Jamshedpur gets back to winning ways and its the first defeat for NorthEast United FC. Aniket Jadhav with his first goal of the season and TP Rehenesh continued his superb season with a penalty save to keep the lead intact as the team saw out the win.

90'+3' Sandip Mandi goes into the referee's book for a foul on Gallego.

90'+1' Cross from the right floated into JFC box where Fox and Sylla are there for the header. Fox goes down and Sylla unmarked fails to get the flick on to direct the ball towards goal.

Five minutes of added time

89' JFC SUBS: Isaac OFF. Mandi ON

88' NEUFC SUBS: Ninthoi, Camara OFF; Britto, Gallego ON

86' Isaac's cross from the left is too deep and goes for a goalkick. Yellow for Ashutosh for bringing down Isaac for the foul.

83' Lima gets the ball off Lalengmawia outside NEUFC's box and doesn't take the option of playing Valskis through on goal. He ends up running into NEUFC bodies and ends up losing the ball.

80' JFC SUB: Jackichand OFF, Amarjit ON

79' Jackichand's overhit cross which was meant for Valskis endsup beating the 'keeper and ends up clipping the top right of the bar. Valskis is clearly frustrated with the final balls and poor decision making in the final third.

77' Suhair clips the heel of Lima.  Foul against NEUFC.

Water break is called.

75' NEUFC SUB: Rochharzela OFF, VP Suhair ON

NEUFC is heading towards its first defeat of the season... Can it pull out another rabbit out of the hat in the last 15 minutes or so?

72' Poor refereeing call as Lalengmawia clatters into Ricky but the foul is given in the favour of NEUFC.

69' Machado on the end of the free-kick. Wasted effort. He skies the ball over the goal.

67' Yellow card for Hartley for another handball outside his box.  NEUFC on the ascendancy at the moment.

67' Nearly the equaliser! Camara's volleyed effort flies just over the top right corner!

66' PENALTY SAVED! Sylla strikes it hard but its at a good height and Rehenesh guesses it and pushes it behind for a corner! So many missed penalties this season.

65' Penalty for NEUFC! It's Lamblot, who is inside Jamshedpur's box and he goes down after being pushed by Eze.

65' JFC SUB: Jitendra ON, Mobahsir OFF

64' Yellow card for Mobashir for a foul.

60' NEUFC has come out to play now.. The game is a bit more stretched at the moment.

57' Sylla holds the ball inside JFC box and tees up Machado, whose shot is blocked by the standing foot of Hartley!

56' Aniket with a blistering run down the right and is through on goal but his shot across goal is just over the bar.

55' NEUFC SUB: Appiah OFF, Machado ON

53' GOAL! 1-0 to Jamshedpur! Aniket Jadhav with the first of his season. Superb interchange in and around the NEUFC box between Jackichand and Isaac. Jackichand plays in a first time cross into the six yard box where an unmarked Aniket opens the face of his boot to guide the ball past Gurmeet!

51' Sylla takes the freekick and his outswinging effort flies just over the bar.

50' Foul called against Hartley on the edge of JFC box. Hartley puts his arm on th shoulders of Sylla to put him off while jumping for the long ball.

47' Coyle seething at the touchline after his defender takes too many touches on the ball allowing NEUFC to win the ball back.

46' Jamshedpur kicks off the second half.

SECOND HALF

Half-time whistle called. That was uninspriring... NEUFC set up to stop Jamshedpur from having any kind of creative flow to this game and has been successful so far. Jamshedpur has swung in plenty of crosses but NEUFC has managed to clear them from danger.

45' +2' Isaac puts in a good cross from the left to the far post but Aniket can't time his jump better to meet the ball.

Two minutes of added time

43' Camara is booked after he catches Valskis with his trailing leg. Foul called against Jamshedpur for infringement inside the box.

41' Foul on the right side outside NEUFC's box. Eze completely misses Jackichand's cross. JFC build on the pressure and another long ball is played into the box where Eze gets the connection but can't quite keep it down. It's just over the bar.

14 fouls in the game so far, nine from NEUFC.

39' Referee asks for play to be stopped after Ninthoi goes down from the challenge of Isaac.

37' Plenty of stop-start as the referee calls for another foul. Hartley isn;t happy and let's the official know.

35' JFC's biggest threat are their set pieces and it has another promising situation but Eze can't get the connection on the ball from Isaac's ball.

33' High boot from Appiah on Lima. Foul called against the NEUFC frontman.

Drinks break called.

30' Jamshedour is finding NEUFC hard to break down and the Highlanders aren't giving them time on the ball to pick out the passes.

27' Nearly the opening for NEUFC and the goal. Appiah drops in to collect the ball and plays in Sylla with a reverse pass. Sylla's shot is blocked by Rehenesh, who rushes out of his line. The assistant flags it offside but replay shows Sylla was level on the last JFC defender.

24' Appiah looks to bend his freekick around the wall but he can't quite get the right curl to bring it inwards.

23' Freekick outside Jamshedpur's box after the referee spots a handball from Hartley.

20' Gurmeet pushes a freekick to the edge of his own box where Hartley sets up Mobashir. The midfielder's stabbed effort flies wide.

18' Sylla and Appiah combine at the edge of Jamshedpur's box and the latter has a crack at goal which goes wide of the far post. Nus was hoping for a better attempt there.

16' Nearly 60% possession for JFC. The ball breaks kindly into the path of Aniket and he drives forward before taking a shot from distance, which lacks the power and precission.

13' Freekick from the left side as Hartley looks to redirect Isaac's inswinging kick goalbound but is unable to do so.

11' Nervy moment at the back for Jamshedpur after a backpass needed Hartley to intercept on the stretch to get the ball away from the path of Sylla.

10' Isaac is back on the field after having his head bandaged up.  Plenty of misplaced passes, scrappy duels and fouls in the first 10 minutes.

7' Clash of heads between Isaac and Ashutosh brings stoppage in play.

4' Freekick from outside 40 yards for JFC and Isaac looks to find the run of Eze at the backpost but he has overhit it. Goalkick for NEUFC.

3' Lalengmawia with a foul in Jamshedpur's half before he is he goes down after Valskis leans on him.

1' NorthEast gets the match underway from left to right.

FIRST HALF

7.24 pm: Both teams are out in the middle. Jamshedpur in its away light blue kits and NorthEast in its red kits.

Who will outwit whom in this meeting between Jamshedpur and NorthEast United as Owen Coyle and Gerard Nus go head-to-head. - ISL/Sportzpics

 

6.55 pm: Jamshedpur has been forced into a change through the suspension of Aitor Monroy. Isaac Vanmalsawma comes in as the midfield option. Right-back Laldinliana Renthlei is back into the line-up after his one game ban. Aniket Jadhav is the other change for William Lalnunfela.

6.50 pm: For NEUFC, there are two changes from the goalless draw against Chennaiyin FC. VP Suhair, Luis Machado - OUT. Rocharzella, Kwesi Appiah - IN. Both teams are coming on the back of successive draws. A win here will be a big boost for either of the sides.

6.34 pm: The teams news is in

NorthEast United FC XI (4-3-3)

Gurmeet Singh; Ashutosh Mehta, Benjamin Lambot, Dylan Fox, Gurjinder Kumar; Lalengmawia, Khassa Camara, Rocharzella; Ninthoinganba Meetei, Kwesi Appiah, Idrissa Sylla

Jamshedpur FC XI (4-3-3)

TP Rehenesh (GK); Laldinliana Renthlei, Peter Hartley, Stephen Eze, Ricky Lallawmawma; Isaac Vanmalsawma, Alexandre Lima, Mohammad Mobashir; Aniket Jadhav, Nerijus Valskis, Jackichand Singh

6.15 pm: Here's a short video guide on the head-to-head record between these two sides in the last 3 seasons of the ISL.

 

6.10 pm: Here's how the two teams could line up.

NorthEast United FC predicted XI (4-3-3)

Gurmeet Singh; Ashutosh Mehta, Benjamin Lambot, Dylan Fox, Gurjinder Kumar; Lalengmawia, Khassa Camara, Rocharzella; Ninthoinganba Meetei, Kwesi Appiah, Luis Machado

Jamshedpur FC predicted XI (4-3-3)

TP Rehenesh (GK); Laldinliana Renthlei, Peter Hartley, Stephen Eze, Ricky Lallawmawma; Amarjit Singh Alexandre Lima, Mohammad Mobashir; Aniket Jadhav, Nerijus Valskis, Jackichand Singh

Podcast: Shyam Vasudevan and Aashin Prasad review the ups and downs of matchweek 4 of the Indian Super League on The Full Time Show.

MATCH PREVIEW

NorthEast United FC, one of only three teams unbeaten so far in the Indian Super League, will look to return to winning ways when it takes on Jamshedpur FC at the Tilak Maidan on Friday.

Gerard Nus’ NorthEast United, third on the table, has dropped points in its last two games, drawing with Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC. Seventh-placed Jamshedpur has also drawn its last two games but arrives high on confidence after producing a resilient defensive display to hold table-topper Mumbai City to a draw. The result was a commendable one for Owen Coyle’s side as it played with 10 men for over an hour after Aitor Monroy was sent off in the 28th minute.

Talking ahead of the game, Nus said, “We are working hard to be sure we're not going to lose. We try to go for the three points in every single game but I'm not worried (about losing). The most important thing is (that) we keep progressing, improving and we stick to our identity.”

Nus, who, at 35 is the youngest coach in the ISL, is also aware of setting a possible record for the club’s best-ever start to a season. “If we get the three points tomorrow, it will be the best (unbeaten) start for us, so looking forward to that,” he said.

Jamshedpur, home to goal-scoring machine Nerijus Valskis, is on a five-match unbeaten streak. Coach Coyle is keen to extend the run, although he’d prefer three points this time around. “They (NorthEast) are a good team, they have shown they are hard-working and it's going to be a tough game," he said. "We have enormous respect for them but it's also a game we're looking forward to. We know that if we're at our very best, it's a game we can win," he added.

Coyle’s side will fancy its chances as it has a solid back-line that features the defensive duo of captain Peter Hartley and Nigeria’s Stephen Eze, both of whom were instrumental in the draw with Mumbai City.

Goalkeeper T. P. Rehenesh has also been in fine form, having made a league-high 18 saves. Adding to this is the goal-getting abilities of Lithuanian Valskis, who has scored six of his side’s seven goals this season, and is the league’s joint top-scorer.

A win would see NorthEast United get level with Mumbai City and ATK Mohun Bagan on 13 points, while Jamshedpur has the chance to sneak into the top-four.

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