Thanks to the arrival in Ankara of Australia's foreign minister I had to stay home Sunday afternoon and therefore I missed today's Genclerbirligi - Bursaspor match. Therefore I have to rely on the good people of the Anatolian news agency for the news. And finally they had some good news for us depressed Gencler fans.
Genclerbirligi 1 - Bursaspor 0
The weather seemed perfect today in Ankara, still cold but the sun was out and Gencler started off well.
Seventh minute and we took the lead thanks to a penalty from Okan Ozturk. Who knows if it was deserved or not but a goal is a goal.
The rest of the first half seems to have been pretty much Gencler's. Problem is, and I think everyone knows what is coming up next, Mr. Promise up front.
To translate pretty much directly: "13th minute Mehmet Cakir sends it in from the right to Okan who sends it to Isaac Promise. This footballer shoots badly with the outside of his foot??? and the ball goes out."
He sort of redeemed himself a few minutes later with a strong shot that came off the crossbar. But still...
A couple more shots but nothing results and we are 1-0 up at half time.
The second half, according to Anatolia, was a mid-field scrap with the condition of the pitch forcing mistake after mistake.
Bursa though seemed to have most of the shots and it appears that Recep in goal (where was Jesus?) saved a couple of good attempts.
I'll take a 1-0 victory. Gets us a bit higher on the table and therefore still in with a chance for a UEFA Cup place. Fingers crossed.