Sunil Chettry’s power header at the 87th minute proved enough to settle four-goal lead in Mohun Bagan’s favour. Hudson Lima took the corner – found Sunil at 10 yards and a brilliant power header found the ball into the net. What a come back by the boys after they were routed in the last match by Dempo!
First credit should be given to the official who, was alleged stating demotivating statements in a recent Executive Committee meeting – flew into Pune to motivate the team. Debasish Dutta did the right thing by standing tall with the team. Next – it was the turn of the coaching staff by fielding the right combination.
Sangram conceded 5 goals in the last game – but the team’s coaching staff kept faith upon him and he was there in the playing XI.
Dhanarajan was replaced by Kingshuk in the right back position. Sourav and Masih were the two central backs and Nabi was replaced by Daljit in the left back position. And for the first time in the season Bagan defense looked very compact.
Nabi was rather asked to operate from the right wing and Lima was brought back to the let wing- and both of them did justice to his move. Both were excellent and operated very well from the two wings.
Manish and Jewel were the two central midfielders- and they were seen playing box to box – as a result they were the additional defensive screen – and that helped the defense a lot. At times 8 players were defending and in the next moment 6 players were attacking – a brilliant show ineed.
Sunil and Ashim were continuously shuffling their positions. As a result more opportunities were getting created and Mumbai boys were at lost to cover them.
There were no changes- and these players played for the full time – and were running till the last minute – this indicated that they have the endurance now – and with players like Barreto, Odafa, Surkumar, Pradeep< Anwar sitting out definitely there is some hope if they can maintain this performance.
The goals –
1. 22nd minute – Lima cross from 30 yards) towards the far post – Nabi header makes it 1-0
2. 30th minute – Lima fouled on the edge of the box. Sunil takes a direct free kick to the second post – the ball goes past the wall and the bats the goalie
3. 59th minute – Nabi cross into the box – foiled by Mumbai goalie – Ashim side volley went goes past the goal line
4. 75th minute – Sunil tries to score in the box – defended by Mumbai defense – ball went to Jewel in the D – Jewel power shot made it 4-0
5. 87th minute – Lima takes the corner – Sunil flies into the air and his power header makes it 5-0
6. In the dying moment – Sangram makes an unnecessary foul – gets a booking and concedes a goal from a penalty
Team : Sangram, Kingshuk, Sourav, Rakesh, Daljit, Nabi, Jewel, Manish, Lima, Ashim, Sunil