C. K. Vineeth: We showed character to come back from 2-0 down

Kerala Blasters denied Jamshedpur FC three points with a stirring fightback in the second half.

C. K. Vineeth's 85th-minute strike helped Kerala avoid defeat.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

Kerala Blasters's second-half fightback helped recover a point against Jamshedpur FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex on Monday.

Goals from Tim Cahill and Michael Soosairaj had given the host a 2-0 half-time lead. But it once again failed to build on it and relinquished the chance to record a first win in four matches. Slavisa Stojanovic and C. K. Vineeth scored in the space of 15 second-half minutes to help Kerala remain unbeaten this season.

Speaking after the match, Vineeth said that Kerala might have even won if it had been clinical in front of goal.

"I think instead of talking about the goals, we should talk about the missed chances, like the penalty (Stojanovic missed a spot-kick in the 54th minute). It was a good save, but the chances we missed, if we were good in front of goal, we would have won this match."

The forward was happy that the team showed resolve to come back from two goals down.

"From being down to coming back at 2-2, I feel like we showed our character in this match and we will keep moving on. We have FC Pune City next." Vineeth said that the manager, David James, asked his players to "show some character" during the interval.

Looking ahead to the next match, Vineeth said that the team's focus was to score goals, starting with the clash against Pune.

"That's what (scoring goals) we lack right now," Vineeth said before adding: "I think we will score in Pune."

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