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Time for Kerala Blasters to pull up its socks

Kerala Blasters is going downhill and is at the bottom of the table. Last year’s runner-up has to pick up the pieces soon to be in the running for the knockouts.

If its recent form and results are an index to its overall display in the second edition of the Indian Super League, then it has to pull up its socks, especially while defending, score more goals to notch up a couple of quick wins to move up on the points table.

After a 3-1 victory in its opener against NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) on October 6, it has not won a match for near about three weeks. It drew with Mumbai City FC in the second home match and has slipped thereafter, losing three matches on the trot to Atletico de Kolkata, Delhi Dynamos and FC Goa.

Blasters’ coach Peter Taylor is hoping that the worst is over and that an interval of five days from the last match it played at Fatorda would help the side recover from the blows. But another fellow Englishman David Platt would be marshalling his resources for FC Pune City to consolidate his team’s position, which is currently third behind FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC.

Poor defending

At the pre-match press conference, Taylor said: “We started very well, things were positive, but since then we have got only point from the next four games.

“So that’s very disappointing. We should have got one or three points from that match against Goa, but we defended badly. I am honest to say that.

“We made two individual mistakes against Goa, even the goal we let through against NEUFC was an individual mistake. As long as we keep learning from our mistakes, and keep trying hard, I am okay with my team. It’s important to win enough matches to be in a good position.”

“I know David Platt as a manager; his team will be in good shape and organised. But we have come here to win. There are no fresh injuries,” said Taylor.

With three wins in five matches, Platt’s team has earned the respect of its opponents. The Turkish professional Tuncay Sanli gave the Pune side a flying start in the Maharashtra derby against Mumbai City FC.

Platt refused to comment on the mindset of a team (Blasters) that has lost three matches in a row and said that the league has had no discernable trend.

“It’s too early to look at the table.

“There are lot more matches to be played to maintain the position in the top four, but I am happy the way things have gone so far,” said Platt.

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