The Chennai- based outfit stunned the hosts with a 3-1 win.
Chennaiyin FC defeated ATK by 3-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Sunday.
Chennaiyin earned a lead as early as the 7th minute of the match when Rafael Crivellaro scored after Eli
Sabia set him up by winning the ball against Roy Krishna.
Late in the 39th minute of the first half, Andre Schembri headed the ball home to double the lead for
the visitors. But just before the blow of the half-time whistle, Roy Krishna scored for the hosts to bring
one back as the scoreline read 2-1 in favour of the visitors.
ATK pressed hard for the equalizer in the second half but the visitors made sure that they don't let the
home side find the back of the net. Late in the dying minutes of the match, Nerijus Valksis scored to hit
the final nail in the coffin of the hosts.
Chennaiyin FC gaffer Owen Coyle was pleased with the team's performance. "
“We actually made it difficult on us by not scoring more goals because we had so many chances. I
watched ATK’s last performance, which was their best performance this season. So, we knew that we
had to be able to bring our best game tonight. The first half was an enjoyable performance because the
necessity was for the three points and that is what we were pushing for.”
Coyle was impressed with ATK’s Prabir Das. “Prabir Das is an outstanding player. He is at the heart of
many of ATK’s moves. When you have some wonderful attacking players, his crosses come in handy. But
because we were so good in possession, we were able to dominate the game,” he said.
Chennaiyin is next set to face Mumbai in a crucial encounter in the race to top four. "Against Mumbai
also we won't change. We won’t go looking for a draw. I know Mumbai have to win, and for me, we
have to win, and that’s how we will approach the game. I have loved working with my Indian players. I
believe in my players. I trust them and I believe in them. I know they are very good players. That is why I
play two Indian midfielders because it allows me to deploy the foreigners ahead. My players are a joy to
work with,” Coyle concluded.