ReportThe match was an intriguing tactical battle from the start, and the first opening came 18 minutes in when Kwesi Appiah burst past Peter Hartley to enter the box and create an opening to shoot, but he dragged his effort wide of the far post. The Ghanaian striker came close again six minutes later as he whipped a free-kick around the wall, but only managed to hit the side-netting. Jamshedpur’s first notable chance came in the 41st minute when Stephen Eze stayed up after a set-piece and headed Alex Lima’ cross towards the goal, but the ball landed on the wrong side of the roof of the net. Idrissa Sylla had a chance to open the scoring when he took a free-kick at the edge of the box, but he just missed high. However, just two minutes later at the other end, Jackichand Singh whipped a low cross from the left for Aniket Jadhav, who turned it in.
Key Talking Point
The Unbeaten Run EndsGerard Nus himself said that losing is not too bad before this match, but he probably didn’t want to experience it immediately. However, he had to do that, as his side looked quite toothless tonight. They did defend resolutely in the first half as they found themselves repelling a lot of long balls and crosses, but they couldn’t really make an impression at the other end. They were fielding both of their foreign frontmen in Kwesi Appiah and Idrissa Sylla, but the two couldn’t get the better of the Jamshedpur defence at any time. The second half saw the Highlanders suffer a similar lack of attacking end-product, but Jamshedpur started to find some gaps in their shape and they exploited them well. NorthEast couldn’t really do anything to respond to the goal, and the penalty that they got almost came as a lifeline, but Sylla failed to take that too.
So, NorthEast United lost their unbeaten record since the start of the season after a really disappointing performance.
Can't blame anyone when you can't score a penalty. Poor team performance from @NEUtdFC. Need to up the game & try something different than just playing that hopeful ball to Sylla. Must win the upcoming games to stay in the race.#NEUJFC #IndianFootball #ISL— Talstay Bhattacharya (@Tleostoy) December 18, 2020