Monday, January 25, 2016

Turning corners

Have Gencler turned a corner after another good performance this week? The players look happy, motivated and most importantly in form. Things are on the up.

Genclerbirligi 1 - 0 Antalyaspor

The bitter cold here in Ankara had me wrapped up like a polar bear and at the stadium we abandoned our normal seats to sit a bit lower down in the sun. The sun has the amazing ability to warm you up and within minutes we had shed our coats, gloves and woolen hats and sat back in the glorious sunshine to watch a match that lacked a lot of goals but was nonetheless thoroughly enjoyable.

This is Hakan

Hakan supports an Istanbul team

There are teams in the city where he
lives but Hakan is an Istanbul fan

When the team visits his city he runs to the stands
where he swears full on at the
team of  the city where he lives

Hakan doesn't give a damn if his city's
team gets relegated. It's enough for
his Istanbul love to be the champions

Hakan worships power

Don't be like Hakan 
I won't go through every attack we made. Let's just say there were lots. We had plenty of chances in the first half and it was just luck really that none of them went in. We completely controlled play. Hleb was wonderful feeding balls around the place and Djama Campos on the right wing not only made some of the defenders look like fools, and leading them to foul him, but he also sent in some simply brilliant crosses.

Even though it was 0-0 at the break us fans were happy enough as this was good football and we felt it was only a matter of time until we scored.

When the goal finally came it wasn't from any of our excellent attacks but a corner. Campos sent it in, one of our blokes headed it, keeper saves and Ante Kulusic was in the right spot to tap it in.

We continued to attack and could easily have gone a couple more up. It was all looking great until one very very silly quick freekick taken by one of our defenders was intercepted and the ball was sent through to Eto'o for one of his very few touches of the match. He took a weak shot which went wide of the post. It was the only shot at goal that Antalya had all match.

All up, a good win and we slowly but surely start to pull ourselves away from the relegation zone.    
The one bit of bad news was when our new signing Serdar Sahin went down with what looked like a hamstring injury. Hope he won't be out for too long.

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