SC East Bengal rose to 10th Spot from the bottom of the league table with 3 points. Coach Robbie Fowler could not bring victory to the fans as a Christmas present. As the year draws to a close, the face of victory this season has not seen red-yellow. The East Bengal coach could not cover the gap of defense even today.
The Red-Yellow Brigade equalized after falling twice against Chennai FC. On Saturday, Steinman-Bikash Zairura tried to play combat football. Despite this, the desired victory was not achieved. Mohammad Rafiq must take the lion’s share of the responsibility. He failed to push the ball with an empty goal.But have caught the ball in their nets 11 times. This statistic seems to be enough to explain the misery of red-yellow conservation. Without Devjit Majumdar as the goalkeeper, there is no doubt that the shame would have increased. Devjit, who brought Mohun Bagan to I-League, is becoming ‘Sevjit’ again. However, his achievement in the way the team is playing directionless football is almost invisible.
In Saturday’s match against Chennai, East Bengal trailed by 12 minutes. In the 6th over of Chennai, he grabbed the wing and ran into the box of East Bengal. Then he pushed the ball into the goal with a cold head. No red-and-yellow footballer could touch him. Chennai finished the first half with 1 goal ahead.Besides, the dilapidated state of defense is also one of the reasons for not being able to win. Coach Fowler should have strengthened the fort after equalizing for the first time in the 59th minute. Note that East Bengal is in the tenth place in the league list with 3 points in 6 matches.
Both teams died for the goal. Chennai took 12 shots on goal. East Bengal took 6 shots. However, the target was 4, of which 2 were Steinman’s. The two teams are almost equal in the fight for possession of the ball. East Bengal held 49% of the ball. The two teams could not be separated till the last minute of the match.The red-and-yellow defense seemed even more fragile on the day as Chennai’s Raphael and Sylvester agreed. Chante put Chennai ahead in the 13th minute. He defeated Surchandra at speed from the left.Then they defeated Aguan Devjit (1-0). Before the break, Rafael got the ball extended by Sylvester. In this case, the goalkeeper became the savior of red and yellow.
Maghoma wasted the chance to equalize in the 34th minute. In the next minute, Rafiq got the easiest opportunity of the day forgetting Sipovich. The opposing defender cleared as his stroke got bigger while cutting the helpless goalkeeper. On that day, Surchandra was repeatedly defeated at right back by the speed of Changte and Raphael.East Bengal also missed the penalty on Saturday. In the 29th minute, Maghoma was thrown into the box but the referee did not give a penalty. Fowler feels that regret will continue.
Fowler took a pair change at the start of the second half. Newcomer Rohen Singh replaces Surchandra. Shehnaz Singh, who came down as a defensive blocker on Saturday, used JJ instead. East Bengal has benefited from the coach’s strategy. Fowler-brigade’s dominance was seen at the beginning of the second half. In the 59th minute, Steinman equalized for East Bengal with a header from a floating corner by Bikash Zairu (1-1). But the Chennai team took the lead again in five minutes. Rahim Ali (2-1) shook the net with a cold head from Sylvester’s pass. East Bengal equalized in the 69th minute. Danny Fox’s shot was partially blocked by Chennai goalkeeper Vishal Kaif. German midfielder Steinmann (2-2) pushed the ball back.