Sariyer 1-1 Ankaragucu match report !
However we have all to often saw their are no straight forward games with Ankaragucu. That was the statement that i made in the match preview and unfortunately i was proven correct. Ankaragucu travelled to Istanbul in which should have been a routine 3 points against Sariyer, instead they came home with a share of the points after squandering countless chances.
Team - Gokhan Akkan, Aytac Oden, Gurkan Alver, Mehmet Tasci, Harun Aydin, Serhat Gulpinar, Selim Teber, Orhan Evci, Mehmet Erdem, Umut Nayir
Subs - Ishan Kirveli, Metin Aydin, Ilhan Metin, Teoman Erkan, Gokhan Erdogan, Muhammed Gonulacar, Levent Kale
The team surprisingly only made 1 change from last weekends disappointing performance at home to Inegolspor. Orhan Evci replaced Gokhan Erdogan in midfield while Levent Kale was left on the bench. With the team already having 3 defensive played in midfield it was surprising to see Orhan another defines minded player introduced into the starting line up. It was up to him and Mehmet Erdem to support Umut Nayir who would play up front on his own.
The Ankaragucu fans were banned by the Sariyer council from attending the match as they thought it would be dangerous, and that was the only explanation given. The utter contempt that the Turkish fans are treated with is really starting to piss me off. There were still some Ankaragucu fans who managed to take in the match buying tickets in the home end though.
The first half was all Ankaragucu with Umut Nayir wasting to excellent chances, Mehmet Erdem having a couple of efforts and Orhan Evci also blowing an excellent chance.
The new coach Muammer Ozdemir seems to have brought some stability to the defence, but up top and in midfield there are some issues that need to be addressed. The team is to slow and doesn't create enough chances. Losing Mehmet Cakir and Emre Tasdemir was a massive blow, but we need to move on. There must be some attacking players in the youth team who can provide that cutting edge in attack and that creative spark thats missing.
Half time ended Sariyer 0-0 Ankaragucu
It took only 3 minutes into the second half for Ankaragucu to take the lead through Umut Nayir. Ankaragucu were awarded a penalty and the big forward made no mistake by slotting it past the keeper who dived the wrong way.
From then on you would be expecting Ankaragucu to go on and extend their lead. Instead Eser Yayla equalised for the home side 10 minutes later.
Ankaragucu had more chances to win the match with substitute Levent Kale missing two good chances. The game finished 1-1 and its another 2 points dropped for Ankaragucu in a match they should be winning. In the leagues big match of the day Inegolspor and Goztepe drew 3-3 in a 6 goal thriller.
Next up for Ankaragucu is the home match with Hatayspor next weekend. Unfortunately i don't see us taking any points from that match. Its also worth noting that the Sariyer squad and Ankaragucu squad are both worth the same amount in value. Both estimated around 2.5 Million Euros. The question we must ask, are we expecting to much from this team and just going by the name? We have lost the majority of our players with the ones remaining either coming from the youth team or coming to the end of their careers.
Muammer Ozdemir will come in for some criticism, but that should be aimed at the management team. They hired him after him being out of work for a number of years, and they didn't lift the transfer ban either. Unfortunately this Ankaragucu team isn't capable of mounting a title challenge this season. Only Hasan Ayaroglu has to come back from injury and it isn't enough to ask one 20 year old to change the many problems the club have at the moment.