Jamshedpur FC 1-1 NorthEast United: 3 Reasons why the hosts could only manage a draw | ISL 2019-20
#2 Jamshedpur dominate the first half
Jamshedpur started the contest high on confidence and they were brave enough to assert themselves on the encounter. At the outset, they took care of the ball well and pinged passes across the pitch, meaning that NorthEast were left chasing shadows, at times.
As the half wore on, the hosts displayed the requisite cutting edge to carve open the visitors’ defence, especially down the flanks. Monroy and Noe Acosta were exceptional in the opening period in the middle third as they kept pushing and probing before playing the killer pass whenever the opportunity presented itself.
Additionally, they squeezed the pitch and compressed it as much as possible, thereby depriving NorthEast the time and space to play their way through midfield. The above also prompted the away side to hoof a few balls up to Gyan with the Ghanaian not enjoying much in the way of support.
Most impressively though, they weren’t afraid of keeping possession in tight areas, in the process, attracting the visitors’ defence and subsequently, creating space.
And, unsurprisingly, when they abandoned those ideals a touch, they were put under strife in the second half.
Over the course of the current season, Jamshedpur have always showcased a proclivity to play a controlled yet effervescent brand of football. And, though that particular trait didn’t materialise after the break, their superb first-half showing meant that they emerged from the rubble with a draw.Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:13 IST