Written By: Nandhana Vijayan,Alappuzha
After six winless matches, the team found it’s first three points under Head Coach Kibu Vicuña last Sunday beating Hyderabad FC in a 2-0 scoreline thanks to goals from Abdul Hakku and Jordan Murray. A complete revamp in the defense saw the coach opted to go for a duo of Sandeep and Hakku to guard our back and both stood sentinel. The all Indian backline provided a clean sheet and was able to put a stop to the lethal threats created by Aridane Santana, Liston Colaco, and Yasir of Hyderabad FC.
The team started with just three foreigners in the lineup where our habituated Costa – Kone centre back combo was replaced by two fresh legs. Sandeep Singh and Abdul Hakku got their first start of the season and took the opportunity with confidence. The local lad had a brilliant comeback to the starting 11 as he scored his first-ever goal for Kerala Blasters in the 29th minute. Facundo’s corner kick turned the provider, giving us a lead before halftime. The game had counter-attacks from both sides and we were brilliant in keeping the Hyderabad attackers off our posts, credits to Albino for some brilliant saves. The team played together and it was evident as even Rahul K.P. and Jordan Murray were seen clearing the balls from the defence.
A win against Hyderabad FC has brightened up the teams’ morale. The stakes are high and the confidence is higher as we will be facing Mumbai City FC on January 2nd. New Year’s are always considered to be new beginnings, let this year bring more victories, and the top 4 slot is still not far away!