The 11th game of the season saw ATK travel to Chennai.
ATK came into this game with a 5 star performance against Hyderabad and Chennai on the other hand were yet to score a goal. John Gregory started Valskis instead of Schembri, hoping the Lithuanian would put an end to their drought up front. ATK too had a change as Habas brought in Halder for Rane.
Like their previous home game, Chennaiyin were off to a great start. A ball put in by Vanspaul was headed above the cross bar by Valskis. And the 7th minute saw a clearance from Sabia from his own half set Chhangte free on the flank. Chhangte fizzed the ball only for Vlaskis to divert it wide. This was why he started ahead of Schembri. Valskis was able to create those chances. ATK missed a golden opportunity to go in front when Kaith completely missed the ball and Kotal jumped in front of Krishna, which put the Fijian off.
The referee waived off penalty claims from ATK the next minute when Valskis seemed to have clipped Krishna’s heels in the box. Later on Vishal Kaith almost gave a goal away when he lost his footing momentarily but recovered in time to play it out. Soosairaj burst through the Chennai midfield with his dazzling run and saw his shot blocked off by Lucian Goian on the 23rd minute. Chhangte however was finding lots of space on the left hand side and was creating a lot of problems for ATK.
Krishna came into the game when he shot from 22 yards out only for Goian to head it away. It was Krishna again for ATK when he blazed past everyone with his un-matchable pace. But the Sabia was there to make sure nothing came of it. Williams saw his ambitious effort from 30 yards out sail way above the crossbar before the half time break. Chhangte was the only bright light for Chennai in the first half.
The deadlock was broken however on the 47th minute. Javi’s shot on goal deflected off Goian and fell right at the feet of Williams who added to his tally of 2 goals for the season already. He had also scored the 1000TH goal of ISL history. Chennai came close to equalizing when Vanspaul’s effort from 30 yards out breezed past the post. Another chance went begging when Raphael played in a ball into the 6 yard box. ATK somehow managed to clear their lines. Another attempt saw Sabia place his header wide of the target. Minutes later Schembri, who was through on goal pulled his shot wide of the far post. Chennai somehow were not able to keep their attempts on target.
Soosairaj was stretchered off when he took the impact of a strong but fair clearance by Sabia.
Valskis saw a yellow card for an off the ball foul towards the end of the half. Replays showed that he was a lucky man, as on any other day the color of the card would have been different. The last 20 minutes saw the hosts dominate the possession stats, but had nothing to show for on the score line.
It ended 0-1 to ATK who took all three points and jumped to the top of the table. Chennai’s 6 game goal drought continued. David Williams was named ‘Hero of the Match’ for a solid performance along with the goal to put him on top of the goal scoring charts.