Ankaragucu 0-2 Bandirmaspor match report !
Mustafa Kaplan didn't get off to best start in his second spell in charge of the club from the capital as his side lost 2-0 in Bandirma. As discussed in the match preview, the Ankaragucu fans were banned from travelling to Bandirma for the match, the second time this season the fans have been banned from travelling by the local council.
Amazingly not a word was uttered from the Ankaragucu management on this subject, yet the Altay official supporters group defended both Ankaragucu and Goztepe who were also banned from travelling to Tepeckispor. They pointed out when Turkey was founded it was based on people having the freedom to move around the country and this is against everything it stands for. Well done Altay, pity our management don't share the same feelings, or have the balls to fight for the club.
As you can probably tell from the tone of my typing (if there is such a thing), I'm in another shit mood because of Ankaragucu and Turkey. Part of me wishes i didn't care so much, but i will never give up on Ankaragucu, for it isn't the club or the fans I'm angry with, its the management team, Melih Gokcek and all the other politics that come with supporting the club.
Team - Gokhan Akkan, Aytac Oden, Gurkan Alver, Volkan Geyik, Mehmet Tasci, Harun Aydin, Serhat Gulpinar, Mehmet Erdem, Gokhan Erdogan, Umut Nayir, Levent Kale
Subs - Turgut Kirveli, Onur Atasayer, Metin Aydin, Hasan Ayaroglu, Ramazan Adiguzel, Orhan Evci, Teoman Erkan
Not much change in personnel for the new coach's first game in charge. Gokhan Erdogan was brought into the starting line up for Orhan, otherwise the team was unchanged.
It was Ankaragucu who had the first chance of the game 10 minutes in as Umut Nayir missed a glorious chance to give them the lead, but the big striker couldn't finish his chance. An early goal and early lead could have saw a different outcome in the game, but as so often the case, if you don't finish your chances it will come back and haunt you.
And haunt you it did, on the 17th minute mark, Bandirma took the lead through Ali Kuleli. And thats how it stayed until half time with Ankaragucu failing to create anything.
Into the second half and again Ankaragucu were failing to create any decent chances, Kaplan brought Hasan Ayaroglu and Orhan Evci on to try and find the equaliser, but it was Mustafa Karabulut who gave Bandirma their second of the game and tied up the three points.
A disappointing result again for Ankaragucu who have now only won 1 of their opening 7 games. As Damon pointed out we have only lost 1 too, but its not good enough when the teams you are playing against are of a very poor standard.
It doesn't matter who is in charge of this Ankaragucu team, Yiginer could appoint Jose Mourinho tomorrow and it won't make any difference. The club has lost Emre Tasdemir, Mehmet Cakir, Erhan Guven, Serhat Aykuz, Kaan Kanak, Bayram Olgun, Omer Yalcin, Ibrahim Sahin, Aydin Toscali and Volkan Yilmaz from last season and added no one to the squad.
If the team wasn't good enough to win promotion with those players, then why does Yiginer think we are good enough this season? Unless he brings in players, then the team must start preparing for a relegation fight and forget the playoffs.
No disrespect to Orhan Evci, but when your looking to bring him on to change the game in an attacking sense, you know you are lacking attacking options. Levent has yet to score a goal and looks a shadow of the player he was last season, but the big loss is Emre Tasdemir and Mehmet Cakir.
Another thing that annoys me, Bursaspor have twice singed our players on the cheap. Firstly Adem Kocek and Stanislav Sestak, then just recently Emre Tasdemir. Both times they said they would send youth players to help Ankaragucu. Where are these players? Is the offer still on the table, if so then why is Yiginer not taking them up on it?
Anyway, we are back at home on Sunday, kick off is at 7pm Turkish time against Polatli Bugsasspor. The following Saturday we are at Diyarbakir BB, its looking doubtful that game will go ahead due to the trouble with Islamic State. My thoughts are with the people of Diyarbakir and Kobane, may there be peace in the area and stop the suffering to innocent people.