ISL 2020-21: ATK Mohun Bagan Beats Chennaiyin with 1-0
David Williams’s goal gave a dramatic win to ATK Mohun Bagan on 21st January over Chennaiyin at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday in Goa. Initially ATK Mohun Bagan was completely struggling in 90+1st minute but Williams who came as a substitute in place of Carl Mchugh in the 67th minute, scored from a Javier Hernandez’s perfect corner kick.
Coming into the game, both sides had made a couple of changes. Chennaiyin's Deepak Tangri and Thoi Singh started in place of Edwin Vanspaul and the injured Anirudh Thapa while Javier Hernandez and Manvir Singh were preferred over David Williams and Prabir Das by Habas.
The first half was a cagey affair, with both defenses dominating. Vishal Kaith had a couple of saves to make - off a Tiri long ranger and a Hernandez volley - but little else.
With the game meandering to a 0-0, it sprung to life after the second drinks break. Kaith had to dive full stretch to keep out a Hernandez freekick, while Bhattacharya had to be alert to collect the ball after a melee in his box after a Lallianzuala Chhangte corner.
It was a corner at the other end, though, that proved decisive. Hernandez swung it into the six-yard box, where second half substitute Williams rose highest to power home a thumping header.
ATK Mohun Bagan coach Antonio Habas said: "You can play well but important thing is the win. My team was disciplined. Maybe in first half we played well but then we made too many mistakes with passes. What was important was that we believed in victory until the end. We didn't play a fantastic match. [Was this your best XI?] No, this season we have many players but also injuries. After that, we can control the first XI with fit players. No time for recovery and there is humidity to contend with. But this is the nature of this season with Covid-19. [Attacking approach?] Yes, we are trying to give more possibility to attack and not just one. You have to train every day. In the first 45 minutes we played well but too many mistakes in the second probably because of pressure to score."