Sunday, March 29, 2015

Kocaeli Birlikspor 1-1 Ankaragucu match preview!

Another positive result for Ankaragucu as they bring a share of the points back to the capital after a 1-1 draw at Kocaeli Birlikspor. Unfortunately for Ankaragucu a point isn't good enough as they fight for an outside chance of the playoffs.

Team - Gokhan Akkan, Metin Aydin, Gurkan Alver, Aytac Oden, Mehmet Tasci, Muhammed Gonulacar, Orhan Evci, Hasan Kaya, Gokhan Erdogan, Hasan Ayaroglu, Teoman Erkan

Subs - Turgut Kirveli, Ali Sinan Gayla, Emir Ozbey, Levent Kale, Ramazan Adiguzel, Metin Ilhan, Volkan Geyik

Its difficult to work out exactly where Ankaragucu would be if Aykan Atik was the manager from the start of the season. I haven't been able to watch many games this season due to the lack of TV coverage in Lig 2. The results however have been a big improvement since he took charge. The Duzyurt match aside, we have been difficult to score against, and have also started to find the net.

The problem for Ankaragucu this season has been scoring goals and also to many matches drawn. Levent Kale has suffered with fitness and doesn't have the service of Emre Tasdemir, Mehmet Cakir or Mehmet Erdem to create chances for him this season.

A new partnership has emerged in Teoman Erkan and Hasan Ayaroglu. The big forward Teoman is hard working and has some nice link up play, where as Hasan is the little magician who creates chances for others as well as chipping in with goals himself.

Ankaragucu started in a positive fashion today, taking only 12 minutes to open the scoring and it was through Teoman Erkan with his 3rd goal of the season. Kocaeli are a difficult side to beat, and they found the equaliser on the 39th minute through Engin Akturk as both sides went in 1-1 at half time.

It would stay that way until the end, although both sides had a man sent off, Ustun Bilgi for the home side for his second booking, and Aytac Oden for Ankaragucu also for a second booking.

Next Sunday Ankaragucu travel to rivals Goztepe in what will be the toughest game since Aykan Atik took over as coach. Its time to stop thinking of the playoffs for Ankaragucu and just keep working away and improving as they have been since the winter break. Ankaragucu doesn't have the squad that are able to succeed in the playoffs even if we got there.

We need to start building for next season, the problem with that is off field matters. Will we have a summer of positive news, or will it be the same old rubbish where we lose more players and cant bring anyone in due to the transfer ban?


  1. An absolutely spot-on assessment from Nadeem on the latest state of play.

    Ankaragucu desperately needed the 3 points today but could only manage 1. So, to be realistic, the best that can be achieved this season is mid-table mediocracy, and that comment is in no way a criticism of the team who have given their best in all the matches we have attended.

    We are in dire need of a Captain Courageous who can be our midfield general and inspire the young players. However, until the bloody transfer ban is lifted it is never going to happen.

    Looking to next weekend, and I hope the Ankaragucu fans don't make the trip down to Izmir and cause trouble, because the police will be looking for them, and the TFF is like a coiled spring waiting to give us another Stadium Ban !!

    Coming away from there with 1 point next weekend will be a job well done for the team !

  2. I'd take 1 point just now from Goztepe

    We will have to do without Aytac who is suspended , while Gokhan Erdogan and Metin are struggling with injury

  3. Anonymous3:49 pm

    Nady, yesterday I went to the match and my match notes are ,
    - AG is very young team and we have to respect their effort to dominate and win the match.
    - Birlik was much more closer to win the game.
    - AG felt the lack of midfield organization ( Due to Harun ).If we had a playmaker I am sure that AG would be the winner.
    - Aytac made a BIG mistake with a meaningless red card.And next week I hope we don't look for him.
    - Last 5 min. of the game there were 2 incredible goal chances for us and H.ayaroğlu spent them.


  4. Hi Volkan

    Thanks for keeping us updated

    I agree that Harun is a very important player for us, he just needs to stop getting to many yellow cards

    The team are making improvements under Atik and i think next season we can be champion if we lift the ban on transfer