Pune FC have finally found their way off the bottom of the Indian Super League (ISL) table, after a 2-1 victory of Jamshedpur Wednesday evening at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.
Pradhyum Reddy made four changes to the side that lost to ATK before the international break, with starts for Ashutosh Mehta and Adil Khan. Iain Hume was named on the bench for the very first time this season. Both Diego Carlos and Marcelinho were available after suspensions.
It was an end to end contest with Pune scoring first in the 5th minute of play through Brazilian striker Diego,,who carried the ball from almost the half-line and swerved on approaching the box. Jamshedpur defenders could not close down the winger and before Subrata Paul could focus on the next move, Diego slotted the ball low into the left corner.
Jamshedpur equalised 5 minutes later after Carlos Calvo found Sumeet Passi unmarked in the centre of the box. From a set piece the Indian striker easily found the net with a crisp header.
The goalkeepers were tested at both ends as both sides were off their blocks, searching for the winner, with attempts on goal from Marcelinho and Passi’s both saved.
In the end it was Marko Stankovic’s corner-kick that turned out to be the deciding factor. The Austrian’s powerful inswinger was headed into the net with force by defender Matt Mills in the 86th minute.
This was Jamshedpur’s first taste of defeat and after the match Reddy spoke of the positives.
“Jamshedpur are a tough team to beat and I could see why they were unbeaten in the league going into this game. It took a lot of hard work from every player on the field. We have shown that we can get through a lot worse with hard work.”