Saturday, December 01, 2012

Boluspor 1-1 Ankaragucu match report !

Picture taken from TRT Spor

Ankaragucu have now taken the lead in their last three league games only for the score to finish 1-1 in each of the games. Another spirited performance today with yet another big refereeing decision that went against Ankaragucu.

Before the match started i spoke to Timur Ozgoz, the 25 year old German striker who has arguably been the stand out player this season for Ankaragucu. He spoke of his disappointment of loosing Wednesday nights match at Besiktas but the team were now focussed on winning at Boluspor.

There were a few changes in the Ankaragucu team, with Bayram injured he was replaced with Gokhan Akkan. Captain Mert was suspended so his place was taken by Gurkan Alver, and finally Teoman replaced Gokhan Erdogan who was dropped to the bench.

Team - Gokhan, Aytac, Mehmet, Umit, Volkan, Teoman, Bilal, Gurkan, Kaan, Sinan, Timur

Subs - Cihan, Gundogdu, Hasan, Gokhan Erdogan, Enes, Umut

Boluspor started the match the stronger, they passed the ball well while Ankaragucu struggled to get a hold of the match in the first 10 Minutes. The first chance of the game came for Bolu when a shot from just outside the box came back off the crossbar with Gokhan beaten. Then came the first goal of the game, Ankaragucu won a free kick which was taken by Kaan Kanak, the midfielder floated an excellent cross into the box for Sinan who rose to head the ball into the top corner. 1-0

The Ankaragucu fans who turned up in their numbers were delighted and were even praised by the commentators on TRT for their incredible support. 21 Minutes into the match a lovely cross by Ergin met the head of the giant Serge Dijehoua but it was straight at Gokhan Akkan. Two minutes later another excellent corner from Kaan which Sinan got on the end of, but his header went inches above the crossbar when he should have scored.

That miss would come back to haunt Sinan, as a few minutes later Bolu equalised. Ali Guzeldal shot from 25 yards into the back of the net, maybe Gokhan should have done better but an excellent strike from Ali none the less. Gokhan redeemed himself 36 mins into the game, Guzeldal found Aziz in the Ankaragucu area who turned and blasted his shot, but a fantastic save from young Gokhan Akkan kept the scores level. Bolu had another half chance before half time after a mistake from Gokhan but the Ankaragucu defence managed to help their goalkeeper out.

Half Time 1-1

Ankaragucu made a change at the break with Enes replacing Teoman. The TRT stream was very poor in the second half but i still managed to keep up with the game. Ali Guzeldal and Kaan both had half chances within the first few minutes of the half. Kaan should have maybe passed the ball to Timur who was in a better position. 64 Minutes in and Bolu hit the woodwork again, another excellent shot which came back off the post. Playing in the midfield today for Boluspor was former Ankaragucu player Barbaros Barut, a player that was linked with a return to the club in the summer.

Gokhan Erdogan came on to replace Bilal and making his debut was Bilal Gundogdu who replaced Gurkan. Gundogdu is another player who has come through the Ankaragucu youth academy. Gokhan Akkan made another good save this time from Dijehoua and looked to have injured himself in the process.

Then came the talking point of the match with minutes remaining, a Gokhan Akkan goal kick found its way to Timur Ozgoz, the striker showed his pace before rounding the goalkeeper and placing the ball into the back of the net, one of the Bolu defenders in the process tried to clear it off the line which the referee thought he had. Replays showed that the full ball crossed the line.

How many games this season have we come away from when referee decisions have went against us ? Ankaragucu should be sitting comfortably at the moment instead they find themselves rooted to the bottom of the league. New manager Mustafa Kaplan now makes it 3 draws from his 3 games in charge. Next up is a home match against high flying Caykur Rizespor next Saturday afternoon. There is no doubting Mustafa Kaplan has made a difference since taking charge. Lets hope he gets his first win next week.


  1. Anonymous9:55 pm

    When you are bottom of the table decisions always seem to go against you and more often than not they do. I believe ever since Kaplan has taken over the players are now playing with fight and belief and go into every match feeling as if they have a fighting chance, before Kaplan the team seemed to go on the field feeling like they were a couple of goals down already. The performances have been over good this week now all Ankaragucu need is a couple of wins in a row to get some confidence and go on a run the 15th place team remains in touching distance and with the new manager I get the feeling that Ankaragucu will give it a real go.

  2. I have noticed a difference since Kaplan has come in. I think Yilmaz done a decent job but he is inexperienced and we conceded to many goals under him. In credit to Yilmaz we played some good football under him.

    But Kaplan seems more disciplined, and his 4-4-2 formation seems to work. It now gives Timur a partner up front in Sinan, and also Aytac at right back makes us more solid at Orhan always attacked meaning we left to much space at the back.

  3. I think we still give too much room on the right wing. aytac is terrible, though this game was his best I have ever seen him on the field. today refs killed our victory. it should be free kick and red card even if it was not goal, and it was goal as everybody sees. anyway this shouldn't fool us. boluspor hit the bar 3 times although they almost did nothing to win the game. we should be performing much better and I think we have the enough skill set to do that. timur, kaan, ümit, sinan, volkan all are potential players for the super league. all we need is some confidence and experience.

    1. Istanbulafk - i agree , i think both aytac and mehmet tasci give to much room to wide players. Mehemt played much better today. We missed mert erdogan, he is very important player for us. I would rather bilal gundogdu play instead of gurkan alver to.

  4. Great report, as usual, from Nadeem.

    I thought my school meeting was this Saturday, but it is next Saturday, so it seems I'll miss the Erciyes match. Perhaps Damon can do a report if he is going to the match ?

    Damon and I watched the match in The Red Lion Club and we were relieved at the end just to win ONE point with Bolu looking the likelier team to score, and apart from that goal-line incident, Ankaragucu was hanging on towards the end.

    As Istanbulafk said in his comments, and notwithstanding the Ankaragucu 'goal' at the end, the woodwork (and Gokhan) saved Ankaragucu from certain defeat.

    I thought our defence was abysmal yesterday and if the Bolu forwards had been on target it would have been a different story.

    So, I say ...... a lucky point for Ankaragucu. However, with a 3 league games unbeaten run and the players confidence growing, it must be all to play for against Erciyes next Saturday.

  5. The game against Kayseri will be a tough match as they are challenging for the title this season. But if we remember back to the first game of the season, we gave them a good game and maybe deserved a point with the referee wrongly sending Timur off.

    I am working next saturday so i wont see the game unfortunately, so hopefully damon can do the report.

  6. Game next week is against rize and not kayseri my mistake

  7. Its worth mentioning after reading the Turkish media outlets today, the Ankaragucu fans have been praised for their loyalty and 2000 of them travelled to Bolu yesterday. At full time both sets of fans applauded each other and Turkish TV Also praised the Ankaragucu fans.

    it makes a change to hear a positive story about the club.

  8. Goztepe have just beaten 1461 Trabzon 1-0 thanks to a goal by Ali Kucik :-(

    Makes things even more difficult for us

  9. Yes. The pressure is definitely on now to take a 3 pointer. With Tavsanli also winning, it puts the situation in more focus.

    It is true that Rize has not been setting the league on fire recently as they did a few weeks ago, but they are still a class side and Ankaragucu will need to be at the top of their game for the whole 90 plus minutes !