Fatorda: East Bengal overcame misfiring foreigners and horrendous refereeing to pick up their first point in the Indian Super League 7 after they held Jamshedpur FC to a barren draw at the Tilak Stadium here on Thursday evening.
Despite the fact that East Bengal are lamenting at the bottom of the league table with one point from four outings, the Kolkata giants displayed a much better game on Thursday. In the first three matches of the league, red-and-golds conceded seven goals losing all.
Playing the fourth match, Robbie Fowler’s team looked more composed in all departments, barring a few grey areas. Thirty-one-year-old Australian recruit, Scott Neville continued to be a liability in the defence while 33-year-old Congolese attacking midfielder and former Birmingham City star Jacques Maghoma also performed below par.
Flashes of brilliance from Englishman Anthony Pilkington lifted the red-and-golds, both in quality and enthusiasm. But a patchy defence still remains a worry for Fowler in the upcoming matches.
Kolkata giants were again unlucky as far as refereeing is considered. A red card to Lyngdoh in the 24th minute actually robbed East Bengal of the opportunity to pounce on Jamshedpur from the word go. Match official Rahul Kumar Gupta’s decision to give marching orders to Lyngdoh is highly debatable as the player concerned looked to have touched the ball before his left foot could hit the opponent player’s knee.
This is not the first time a team was at the receiving end thanks to poor refereeing. It was high time the organisers take a call on improving the quality of match officials in India’s top football league.