Sunday was much too cold to go to the stadium for this fair weather fan. I watched the match at the Alerta Pub instead.
Genclerbirligi 1 - 1 Osmanlispor
This is a difficult review because I'm still not even sure who half of our players are. We seem to have made so many transfers in the past few weeks. The only name I recognised was Murat Dururer. Last time I had heard of him was a few years ago when he was playing for Ankaragucu.
The last post was played in honour of long-serving Gencler Chairman Ilhan Cavcav who died last week, a minute's silence was respectfully observed and giant posters of the man were placed around the stadium. End of an era.
Kick-off and the Ottomans came out pressing but it was to Rantie that the first chance fell and he should have put it away. Five minutes in and he was given a through ball. He was at the edge of the box slightly to the right of the posts, looked up and saw the keeper coming at him, then meekly sent it bobbling off a mile away from the goal. Much groaning!
Not too much later Serdar (the man is fast becoming a legend) had a volley at goal from the edge only to be denied by a brilliant save from their keeper.
All a bit silly after that and some real heart in mouth (translation: rubbish) defending from us.
Almost at half time and Rantie had the ball near the box, tried to get past his man and was tripped up just inside the box. Penalty. Up stepped Serdar and GOOOAAALLLLL
Unlike a few years ago Gencler continued to go forward in the second half but at the same time we played some pretty rubbish football. We really miss Ahmet Calik at the back. Osmanlispor finally scored after one player was given way too much time on the ball.
Both teams had chances to go ahead but in the end we were both rubbish.
With so many new players in the team I think it may be too early to judge how Umit Ozat is doing in the coaching role. Just gotta sit back and wait.
* The Gencler fans' chant at end of the match to the Osmanlispor "fans", the vast majority of whom are paid by the municipality to attend matches.