Let me just begin by responding to the questions posed by our own Eski Kanka in his article ISKOCYA BUYUK BASKENT WELCOMES ESKI WITH A FIVE GOAL THRILLER !!
1. Is this a prelude to what is going to happen tomorrow in Ankara me wonders??
No, no and no. We blew every opportunity.
2. Will Phillie or Battle Damaged give us another similar upbeat report ?
No. Philly Kanka is on vacation, and Battle Damaged suffered through one of the most boring matches ever in history of football. Maybe Philly Kanka will give us an upbeat report of his vacation.
3. Will the Ankaragucu fans fall in love with Lemerre?
Probably not. Already heard them complaining. Like they could do any better with the players we've got.
4. Will Bebbe and Vassell start doing what they are paid to do, ie, score goals?
Didn't see any magic from Vassell, Metin or Bebbe out there today.
So it should be pretty clear by now that there was no repeat in Ankara of the five goal thriller that Eski experienced in Edinburgh. To be fair it was not entirely the players fault. I have never seen a pitch in that state of muddied disrepair in my entire life. Maybe I am going senile, but I thought we switched to artificial turf a while ago. No, I'm certain we did. It was evident today however that we switched back at some point.
Neither coach missed the opportunity to attribute blame to the pitch and in this case they were both justified in doing so. The Diyarbakır coach Ziya Dogan even went so far as to point out that it was "ayip" (disgraceful) for the capital city to have a stadium with a pitch in such a sorry state, and I have to agree with the man.
I'm not going to give a play by play recap of the game because it just really isn't worth it. The match was boring enough to sit through. I won't ask you to sit through my telling you about it. I will, however, say that Gucu's man of the match was Serkan. Had it not been for his numerous saves, we would have lost. Aydin was also giving it his all, but I was unimpressed by Elyasa, Hürriyet, Koray, Ediz, Broggi, Cihan, Theo, Adem, Metin, Bebbe, Vassell and Bilal.
The one thing we did do well was rack up a slew of yellow cards: Dk. 50 Elyasa, Dk. 54 Koray, Dk. 74 Ediz, Dk. 90 Hürriyet. We probably deserved more, but the referee was kind.
Oh, and I should also mention that apart from some extra chanting of "Martyrs never die; the homeland will never be divided," and a few minutes of a chant that actually mentioned the PKK and Abdullah Ocalan, our fans did not seem any more aggressive than they do towards any other team, so, no repeat of what happened in Bursa during the first half of the season. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, you can catch up with this article (http://web.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=diyarbakirspor-may-withdraw-from-league-says-chairman-2009-09-28).
Check out the few moments of excitement there were on video. And for some great photos of the match http://www.ankaragucu.org.tr/ilk-yari-golsuz-esitlikle-son-buldu.html