After a 2-1 defeat in the first South India Derby, the Kerala Blasters have been left struggling at the bottom of the Super League table faring zero points in their two games. A Bernard Mendy stunner sealed the deal for Chennaiyin FC, as the game was evenly balanced, with Kerala dominating the dying embers of the tie.
“It was one of those games. We had plenty of chances, but they got a free-kick and a penalty and got 2 goals and I think that cost us the game” said coach-cum-player, David James, in a post match conference.
“The pitch was great and made for a very exciting game. It went down to the wire. I think the groundsmen have done a really good job to get the match on given the amount of rain we had over the last 3 or 4 days.” the former Manchester City Goalkeeper added.
With points eluding the Sachin Tendulkar franchisee, daylight might be distant and afar.
“We’ve got 5 away games and the fans are going to be with the home team, just like in Chennai and against the NorthEast, so it’s going to be really tough for us. I think this was a game where we threw a good shift in. The ball hasn’t bounced well for us so far but we’ll try to get our first point in the next game. Of course it was a good game, but I don’t want to be on the losing side of a good game.” pointed James, who faced a well slotted penalty kick, by Elano.
With a trip away from home to league leaders, Atletico de Kolkata, James remains optimistic.
“All I’ve got to say is that we’re up against it because we’re on the road, Chennai have already played in front of their fans and they’ve supported them well. We’ve got a few days to get it right against Kolkata.”he said,while talking to the ISL Media Team
Kerala face Atletico de Kolkata, on the 26th of October, in a fixture which is certain to light up the Salt Lake Stadium