Back to normal pleasant autumn weather in Ankara and back to Gencler being in good form.
Bursaspor 1 - 2 Genclerbirligi
A slight change from normal as Lanky Kanka Jorg and myself joined up with the Alkaralar crowd at the wonderfully-named Beer Bus to watch Gencler play out of their skins.
Gencler started a million miles faster than Bursa and were unlucky not to have scored twice in the first 20 minutes, with Hursit having the best chance when a great shot from down the left hit the cross bar.
Not long after that though saw Bursa go ahead from a corner. All a bit depressing but then just before the half-time mark Gencler got back into it thanks to a great run by Burhan and a shot from Hursit that the Bursa keeper couldn't hold on to.
Second half and we had a great game on our hands with both sides playing good attacking football. In the end though it was Mustafa Pektemek who had us on our feet after heading in the ball from a corner.
More beers and then a warning that the police were tear gassing people protesting against YOK. Managed to somehow get home though.
Last night's performance was the best I've seen Gencler in quite a while. Makes you wonder what the hell has been going on in the last few weeks that have seen us lose to Diyarbakir, Istanbul and Manisa. Next week we are at home to Istanbul BBS. Fingers crossed.