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Bagan held by ONGC

New Delhi: An unimpressive Mohun Bagan dropped points in the I-League as they were held goalless by ONGC at the Nehru Stadium, here, on Friday.

Played in front of few spectators, officials and scribes included, the green-and-maroon brigade struggled to have control of the midfield and muffed up some easy chances.

Two of the biggest names in the line-up Okolie Odafe and Syed Rahim Nabi were far below their best.

While the draw earned ONGC their second point in five matches, Bagan now have seven points after Round V of the competition.

The handful of spectators hoped to get a glimpse of Odafe’s scoring skills. They, however, were left disappointed as the Nigerian was colourless to say the least and slowly faded out from the contest.

Credit, though, should go to ONGC, as they were able to bottle Bagan strikers up with good positional play and anticipation. Supervised by Subroto Bhattacharya, ONGC were a hard nut to crack on the day and it never appeared as if this was the same side to concede 13 goals in their last four matches.

Central-defender Robin Gurung was confidence personified as he thwarted Odafe repeatedly. Equally efficient was the other defender, Hassan Mohammed Adeola, who was rightly adjudged man of the match.

But all said and done, Bagan could have still have secured full points.

After Denson Devadas’ header was blocked spectacularly by ONGC goalkeeper Prosenjit Ghosh, the Calcutta team started to get things together, making several inroads in the rival area.

Unfortunately for Bagan, the best chance during this period was squandered by Odafe. Nabi, working tirelessly in the flanks, sent down plenty of crosses and centre in the goal-mouth area.

One of them found Odafe in a perfect position, but all he did was head the ball wide off the target.