For neutrals this was a nice match to watch. And so it was for Russ and Sir Eski Kanka who joined me down at the Beer Bus on Saturday afternoon. Little Oz Kanka decided he preferred to stay at a mate's birthday party. I'm not sure if I'm bringing this kiddy up properly.
Kasimpasa 1 - 1 Genclerbirligi
Let me get my excuses in early. Let's check out the Gencler injury list before the match: Mustafa Pektemek, Ermin Zec, Labinot Harbuzi, Michael Stewart, Aykut Demir, Debattik Curri, Orhan Sam...
You can now add our keeper Serdar Kulbilge and Mile Jedinak to the list with both coming off at half-time yesterday. Serdar might be back for next week but it looks like Jedinak will be out for a few weeks at least.
Keeping that in mind you have to give top marks to the Gencler squad, or what's left of it, for going out and playing attractive attacking football. We had the upper hand at the beginning of the match but Kasimpasa started to exploit faults at the back. If it wasn't for the heroics of Serdar (who incidently is reported to be a target of Galatasaray for the January transfer window) we could have been a few down by half-time.
Serdar was in position to stop a number of shots and it was an extremely unlucky deflection that resulted in Kasimpasa scoring the first goal of the match right at the death of the first-half.
The goal was the result of Cem Can making a mistake and so Sir Eski Kanka started piping up that he had done bugger all when he was at Ankaragucu.
Cem Can made it all up though in the 57th minute when he whacked a freekick around the wall, curved it and saw it go under the arms of the Kasimpasa keeper.
More end-to-end stuff and for the neutrals this was a great match.
Slight dissapointment with only getting the one point out of the match, and even more so with news of the injuries. Make sure you bring your Gencler jerseys to next week's home match against Sivas. You never know, you might just get a game.
Cem Can's curling free-kick (at least until this video gets pulled for copyright reasons).