Kerala Blasters finally opened their points tally, as an emphatic win coming from a goal down, was cheered and celebrated by players and fans, alike. The Blasters decided to start with Rennedy Singh, while Penn Orji was reserved for a second half substitution. This tactic may seem to have worked for the Sachin Tendulkar co-owned side.

“Renedy Singh was a tactical switch and Mehtab’s was an injury, so we had to save the last sub because if we had any more injuries we would have been down to 10 men. Luckily we got the two goals and got the points!” said assistant coach Trevor Morgan

“We were really disappointed with the goal we conceded – out of all the five goals we’ve conceded in this tournament, four have been from dead ball situations. It was a free kick and no one was there to stop the ball. This is something we work on in training. If you switch off you get punished.” the former East Bengal man, pointed to David Trezeguet’s thunderous volley which gave the hosts a slender lead.

Morgan also spoke about the budding balance between the Indian and the Foreign players, he said “Everyone’s important. It’s a long season in terms of games to be played. If you get injured for ten days then you could miss at least four games so it’s very important that your squad is fully fit for every match,”, while talking to the ISL Media Team.

Meanwhile, goalscorer Penn Orji, whose goal proved to be the winner, was more than happy. “I feel really happy! It was a goal that got us three points. I would have been equally happy if someone else had scored, because we came here for three points and we got it. It’s our first win in the ISL so I’m delighted.” he said while talking to the ISL Media Team

“Well, from here the winning begins and we pray that we get the strength to continue winning” added Orji 

With this win Kerala Blasters move higher up the table to a fifth spot, leapfrogging FC Pune City in the process.

Picture Courtesy: ISL Media Team