Friday, December 9, 2022

It will be a tough game against JFC: Kerala Blasters coach

Anas available for selection

Jamshedpur: Kerala Blasters have played only three games so far but have not impressed since their 2-0 win over ATK in the season opener. Like their Monday’s opponents, Kerala paid for their profligacy in the subsequent matches and conceded late equalisers.

While he will want the strikers to score more, maintaining the team’s concentration levels throughout the 90 minutes will be high on coach David James’ mind.

“I will be tough game against Jamshedpur FC tomorrow. We had a very good start to the season but with two successive draws we have now suddenly dropped out of the top four”, added James.

The Englishman has never gone in with a full quota of foreign players this season, instead opting to give youngsters like Mohammed Rakip and Sahal Abdul Samad opportunities. They have done well so far and the former England goalkeeper will be hoping their encouraging performances continue against Jamshedpur as well.

The good news for James is that Anas Edathodika is back in contention for a start after serving his three game suspension.

“Anas sitting next to me is available for once and it puts a different perspective on team selection. It makes the whole group much more competitive. As a coach, what you want is everybody fighting for a place,” said James.

Blasters failed to close the game out after taking the lead in their last two matches.


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