Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Not a happy Saturday in Ankara and red was not the favoured colour ! No, I'm not talking about the red and yellow shirts of Kayseri, but of the TWO red cards for ANKARAGUCU !!
ANKARAGUCU 0 Kayserispor 4
However, the damage was done well before the red cards were waved. Kayseri went into the lead in the 10th minute and scored their 2nd and 3rd by the 20 minute. Game over as a contest !
My optimistic report from Hikmet Bey yesterday was looking rather comical by half time !!!
A 4th goal 10 minutes from time concluded the scoring. Prior to the 4th goal, Agali was sent off for putting his elbow into a Kayseri player where it shouldn't have gone, and near the end Tita was off for something he said to the referee. Very thoughtful of two key players to get themselves sent off prior to an away match against impressive Manisa next week !!!
According to the match report in Hurriyet, ANKARAGUCU had only one serious attempt on goal when Bebbe tried an overhead scissors kick which hit a post and went out of play.
Ozgur Sahiner of Hurriyet made a few important observations after the match. He said that the standard of performance has deteriorated since the departure of Ceyhun. He accuses Ceyhun of being selfish, egoist and arrogant on one hand, but on the other, he said that ANKARAGUCU will find it difficult to win without him !!! Tita didn't rise to Hikmet Bey's challenge of taking over the leadership of the team.
I think that is rather an unfair assessment after only one match, but it remains to be seen whether Tita and Yordanov can grasp the nettle.
Ozgur Bey was also critical of ANKARAGUCU's lack of discipline.
It goes without saying that it is a sure way of losing the loyal support of the fans if there is indiscipline in the team.
It seems to me that Hikmet Bey will be a busy man this week trying to restore confidence and credibility to the team in the coming weeks.
ANKARAGUCU is now being sucked back into the relegation zone and alarm bells will now be ringing !
That's all from this disappointed reporter. I hope there will be some upbeat news next week.......... watch this space.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim