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Hume finds his scoring boots, ATK keep playoffs hopes alive

Hume finds his scoring boots, ATK keep playoffs hopes alive
From ESPN - January 15, 2018

It was another dramatic week of the Indian Super League (ISL), one that saw the out-of-form Delhi Dynamos register their first win in almost two months, and an old ISL favourite find his scoring boots in some style.

IAIN HUME came into ISL's fourth season as the top scorer of all time but there was something missing from his performances this season for Kerala Blasters. Hume set that right with a hat-trick against Delhi, one characterised by his terrier-like abilities to chase every cause down in the attacking third. A 1-0 win that came out of the Canadian international's goal against Mumbai City FC gave Kerala their first back-to-back away wins in ISL history, and put them within six points of leaders Chennaiyin FC.

STEVE COPPELL saw his old side Kerala register wins in both their matches over their week but his current side Jamshedpur FC were less fortunate. Away to Goa, Jamshedpur did everything possible possible to overturn a deficit against FC Goa, first by 1-0 and soon by 2-1, but the debutants paid a heavy price for having created a squad heavy in defence and midfield but light in attack.

Kervens Belfort has lacked the necessary support from Indian players like Jerry Mahwmingthanga and Ashim Biswas, and it was no surprise to see centre-back Andre Bikey spend more time in the opponent's half than his own in the last 20 minutes of the game. Jamshedpur's lack of finishing touch could prove to be the difference between making the playoffs and missing out.

LALLIANZUALA CHHANGTE scored a composed finish for Delhi Dynamos against Bengaluru FC on Sunday, timing a defence-splitting run to perfection as he met right-back Pritam Kotal's ball, before releasing a quick shot past Gurpreet Sandhu. It was a move initiated by Vinit Rai, another one of the young Indian players Delhi have invested in what has been a largely forgettable season.

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