Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Samsunspor 1-1 Ankaragucu match report!

It’s now 1 win in 7 matches for Ankaragucu after another disappointing display in today’s 1-1 draw at struggling Samsunspor. Unsurprisingly İsmail Kartal went with the same formation, same players and same changes proving that he is incapable of turning things around and instead is just hoping somehow his team rediscover the form from the first half of the season.

Team - Korcan, Erdem, Alihan, Gencer, Mehmet, Mbamba, Sedat, Putsila, Kenan, Ilhan, Umut Nayir
Subs - Altay, Mahmut, Yusuf, Lukasz, Arif, Oguzhan, Tisdell, Kehinde, Enes

So despite scoring at the weekend Enes was dropped to the bench, while arguably one of the best wingers in the league Tonia Tisdell sat next to him, while Ilhan Parlak again found his way into the starting line up. And guess what? He contributed absolutely nothing yet again apart from giving the ball away.

It’s incredible to think any experienced manager thinks that just playing the same team and formation every week is going to somehow see an improvement in fortunes.

Ankaragucu did take the lead through Umut Nayir after a nice exchange with Putsila who put the big striker through on goal, and Umut calmly slotted the ball past Furkan to make it 1-0.

Samsunspor fought their way back into the match and just when they looked to be heading to half time a goal down they were awarded a penalty. Goksu played the ball against the hand of Erdem and the referee pointed to the spot, a very harsh decision with Erdem having no chance to get his hand out the way from such short distance. Up stepped Goksu who successfully converted the spot kick to make it 1-1.

Neither side threatened much in the second half, Jonathan Ayite had a great chance for Samsun but Korcan pulled off a top class save, while Putsila saw a long range effort go over the bar at the other end.

At full time the travelling Ankaragucu fans let their frustrations be known as around 1,000 of them made the midweek trip. While many Ankaragucu took to social media calling for the resignation of İsmail Kartal, as fans are fed up with his insistence of sticking with Ilhan every week and his inability to change things.

Caykur Rizespor won 3-0 against Balikesirspor to go 5 points clear at the top while Umraniyespor play at Denizlispor tomorrow. The team to watch out for though is Gazisehir who can go 2 points behind Ankaragucu tomorrow and are the form team in the league. Ankaragucu are at home against Gaziantepspor on Saturday who currently sit bottom of the table.

Gencler crush Goztepe

Genclerbirligi 3 - 0 Goztepe

I didn't get to see Monday night's match in which Jailton scored two and Elvis another but I did read a few comments from the fans.

It seems that although we dominated, thanks to a deserved red card to Adama Traore for a viscous tackle on Sessignon, we weren't all that brilliant.

Goztepe though were rubbish.

Oh well... now in 10th spot... just a couple more to go.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Balikesirspor 1-3 Ankaragucu match report!

Ankaragucu and Ismail Kartal answered their critics today with a brilliant 3-1 win at Balikesirspor which takes them 2nd and only 2 points behind leaders Umraniyespor. Before the game kicked off, Rizespor lost 3-0 at home against Altinordu while Umraniyespor lost 2-1 at Istanbulspor. That gave Ankaragucu all the motivation they needed and they delivered with a spirited performance.

Team - Korcan, Erdem, Alihan, Gencer, Ferhat, Mbamba, Sedat, Putsila, Kenan, Ilhan, Umut Nayir
Subs - Altay, Yusuf, Mahmut, Mehmet, Tonia, Kehinde, Enes, Abdulkadir, Ahmet Can

İsmail Kartal started with the formation and system that he has worked with and trusted all season. Had he not delivered today then their would have been a lot of questions asked, but he stood strong and what a start to the game for Ankaragucu as they attacked straight from kick off.

It took only 4 minutes for Ankaragucu to take the lead. A brilliant corner into the box from Erdem was met by the head of Umut Nayir as he placed his powerful header past Atilla to make it 1-0. The travelling Ankaragucu fans were delighted and celebrate the teams first goal since the winter break.

Mahatma had a great chance shortly after for Balikesirspor but his weak effort was easily saved by Korcan in the Ankaragucu goal.

Ankaragucu went 2-0 up after 16 minutes when Kenan put a good cross into box for Gencer who saw his shot save by Atilla, but Putsila was on hand to put the rebound into the back of the net and the Ankaragucu fans were delighted with the start.

Korcan Celikay has proved to be the key man for Ankaragucu this season and produced a world class save and save of the season to keep the score at 2-0. Abdulkadir found Burak in the box and from about 7 yards out he blasted the ball at goal but somehow Korcan got a hand to it and pushed the ball onto the bar.

Balikesirspor were thrown a lifeline after Alihan fouled his man in the box with a stupid tackle. Up stepped captain Nizamettin to pull a goal back and make it 1-2.

Umut Nayir should have made it 3-1 but for a good save from Atilla, Umut could have went down in the box but he decided to stay on his feet and should have scored.

Half Time - Balikesirspor 1-2 Ankaragucu

Five minutes into the 2nd half and Alihan Kubalas made up for his earlier error with his 5th goal of the season. Another assist for Erdem who crossed into the box for Alihan whose header beat Atilla and made it 3-1.

Special mention must go to Tonia Tisdell who came on in the first half for the injured Ilhan Parlak. He had an excellent game and looks to be closer to match fitness.

Anton Putsila went close late on from a 30 yard effort that was saved by Atilla. Ankaragucu held on to the 3-1 lead despite some late pressure from Balikesirspor. Next up is a massive home match with Rizespor next weekend. Their should be a big crowd at the 19 Mayis Stadium as the two sides go head to head.

At least Genclerbirligi deserved a point this time

Last week Genclerbirligi were very lucky to get a draw. This week it was Trabzon that was very lucky to get away with a point.

Genclerbirligi 0 - 0 Trabzonspor

Just a small group of Gencler fans down at the Alerta, most were at the stadium.
WTF? Huge howls of laughter erupted at the Alerta when the cameras first showed Gencler coach Umit Ozat's choice of clothing for the match.
First half and Trabzon had more of the ball but almost no penetration. If anyone was going to score it was going to be us. But... things didn't work out.

Second half and Gencler really put on a show. We had a number of great shots, a few stupid ones and the crossbar denied us once... Argghh

And then it was all going to end.

Ugur Ciftci had been pulling the shirts and arms of opposition players all day and the referee was rightly pinging him for it. This time it was in the box in the 82nd minute. The ref pointed to the spot. See the below tweet and video taken by a fan in Maraton.

And that was that. We could have won it, deserved to win it... arrrrggggghhhhhh

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Balikesirspor vs Ankaragucu match preview!

Ankaragucu will look to win their first match after the winter break in a tough encounter at Balikesirspor tomorrow afternoon. Altinordu caused an upset today as they won 3-0 at Rizespor which now gives Ankaragucu an opportunity to move up to 2nd if they can return to the Capital with all 3 points.

Much will depend on whether İsmail Kartal decides to go with the same formations and players that have underperformed since mid December as the club have only won 1 of their last 6 games. Since the winter break Ankaragucu have played 3 games in which they have lost 1 and drawn 2. The most worrying stat is that the team haven’t score a single goal.

Umut Nayir and Ilhan Parlak are two of İsmail Kartal’s key men and his insistence in playing both of them in his 4-2-3-1 Formation isn’t working. Ilhan finds himself out wide on the left where he doesn’t have the pace or skill to cause teams problems. The only way both these players can really fit into the team is if we got to a 4-4-2 and have them playing closer together. Umut is far too isolated up on his own as we don’t have the legs or pace from midfield that can support him.

Tonia Tisdell and Kenan Özer should be the two wide players if İsmail wants to persist with his formation, sadly I have a feeling if Tonia is to start, İsmail will stick with Ilhan and drop Kenan.

Balikesirspor are the leagues 2nd top scorers and have the top 2 individual scorers in the league too. Mahatma Otoo and Abdulkadir Ozgen have both scorerd 10 goals each. Mahatma was picked up on a free transfer from Umraniyespor at the end of last season having only scored 1 goal but has thrived in the Balikesirspor side this term.

The last time the two sides met Balikesirspor won 2-1 in Ankara after falling behind to an Umut Nayir goal. Two late strikes from Mahatma and Sahin Sahinturk gave Balikesirspor all 3 points. Ankaragucu will be looking to put things right and know that they must take all 3 points otherwise they run the danger of loosing more points on leaders Umraniyespor.

The Kankas will be watching the game somewhere local in Ankara, for all the meeting details please contact Jim. Come on Ankaragucu!!! Give us all 3 points!

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Ankaragucu 0-0 Elazigspor match report!

Ankaragucu have failed to score a single goal in any of their opening 3 games of the second half of the season after another disappointing performance and 0-0 draw with Elazigspor this afternoon. The team didn’t look like scoring and again had to thank Korcan who had another excellent game in goal to give Ankaragucu a share of the points.

Team - Korcan, Erdem, Gencer, Yusuf, Ferhat, Arif, Sedat, Putsila, Ilhan, Kenan, Umut
Subs - Altay, Mehmet, Mahmut, Can Arik, Abdulkadir, Enes, Tonia, Kehinde, Mbamba

Ankaragucu have been struggling in attack since scoring 3 goals against Manisaspor back in early December. Umut Nayir has failed to find the net since mid November, and after the last two performances we were looking for İsmail Kartal to change things up and bring some intensity and pace into the side.

Instead, we had the same rubbish that he has been serving us since the back end of last year. Same formation, same slow build up play, persisting with Ilhan Parlak out wide on th left when he has no pace, can’t cross, dribble or beat his man while Tonia is sitting on the bench. Ilhan is more effective through the middle and it would make more sense to play a 4-4-2 formation if he wants to go with both Umut and Ilhan.

The Ankaragucu team is full of old players and it’s starting to tell as the team look tired and jaded. Only Sedat, Kenan and Erdem look like they are at acceptable fitness levels.

Managers are judged on results, and results are reflected on the decisions you make. When the game plan hadn’t looked like working for 70 minutes, his genius decision was to take off our most effective wide player this season in Kenan for Tonia, while Ilhan remained on the pitch. It was the same formation, just a change in personel.

Elazigspor started the match brightly, while Ankaragucu again looked sluggish and couldn’t keep the ball. The Ankaragucu fans again turned up in their numbers and cheered the team on from the first minute until the last.

Three minutes in and a mistake from Erdem almost led to a chance for Elazigspor but Ankaragücü managed to clear. Four minutes later Kadir saw his shot from distance saved by Korcan.

Ankaragucu had to wait until the 10th minute for their first chance as Gencer saw his header from a Kenan cross go inches wide.

Tom was the star of the show the last time the sides met and went past two players before shooting wide on the 22nd minute. Ten minutes later Erdem shot from the edge of the box straight into the hands of Soner.

Shortly after that Ankaragucu had their best chance of the game as Umut got onto the end of a Sedat cross but Soner made a good save to keep the score level. Five minutes later Kenan crossed the ball for Sedat but his shot was well wide of the post.

Half Time - Ankaragucu 0-0 Elazigspor

Into the 2nd half and Lamine Diarra should have opened the scoring for Elazigspor on the 61st minute but Korcan made a terrific save with his legs and Ankaragucu managed to clear.

Elazigspor had another great chance through Tatos but that man Korcan saved his team again with a fantastic save.

Ankaragucu had a bit more possession in the 2nd half but they failed to create any chances until late on where Ilhan headed over. Their was still time for one more chance for Halil Pesken but Korcan made a great save and Ankaragucu can thank their keeper for winning them a point in another shambolic performance.

Next up is an away trip to Balikesirspor next Sunday and you can bet İsmail will go with the same formation and maybe bring Tonia in for Kenan. Hopefully he can surprise us and prove me wrong.

Genclerbirligi scrape through with a lucky draw

I could easily be writing this as a report on a disastrous 6-2 loss but instead we grabbed a point. Amazing really

Fenerbahce 2 - 2 Genclerbirligi

First half and Gencler were rubbish. Fenerbahce weren't playing particularly brilliant football (Besiktas midweek were much better opponents) but Gencler were woeful. Stupid passes, inability to hit an open man when a great chance for goal opened up and fouls, lots of them. There was some really stupid play happening with Kamal Issah in particular being needlessly reckless. He had a yellow, was lucky not to get a second and then was pulled off and replaced only 29 minutes in.

Our best player for the whole match was the side post. Fener hit it at least twice in the first half and once in the second. Boy, oh boy... that first half was just a continuous shaking of heads and muffled swearing at the Alerta Bar.

The shaking of heads continued in the 45th minute when Jailton sent in a cross that went straight to the lone Fener defender who simply headed it .... into the goal!

First half finished Fener 0 - 1 Gencler.

Second half and Fener looked again like they would put 15 past us. They drew level just a minute in with a wonderful individual goal and then they took the lead not long later with a weird sort of back heel goal.

We thought it was all going to collapse but Gencler finally started to play some good football. Fener were clearly the better team but at leat we were putting up a bit of a fight.

We got back in it when Milinkovich tapped in after a good attack.

The last 20 minutes were nailbiting but somehow we held on...Phew!

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Ankaragucu vs Elazigspor match preview!

Ankaragucu are still looking for their first win after the winter break as they have dropped down to 3rd in the table as the fight for automatic promotion intensifies. Umraniyespor and Rizespor are the top 2 while Giresunspor in 4th are only 4 points behind Ankaragucu.

The task in hand for Ankaragucu became even more difficult when the club failed to lift the current transfer window due to unpaid wages to former players. İsmail Kartal will be hoping that the team who served him so well in the first half of the season can find that same form which took them to the top of the table. Coincidentally Ankaragucu also started the first half of the season poorly before going on a magnificent run which saw them defeat all of their title rivals.

Last weekends defeat at home against Altinordu was extremely disappointing and the team will be itching to put things right in a difficult game against Elazigspor at home on Sunday. Their were some awful individual performances from Yusuf, Alihan and Mehmet at the back, while both Ilhan and Umut were wasteful up top. Alihan will miss the weekends match and is expected to be replaced with Gencer who will return from suspension. Lukasz Szukala should come in to the centre of defence and replace Yusuf Abdioglu who has struggled badly in most of his appearances for Ankaragucu.

İsmail Kartal needs to address the lack of goals and creativity in the team and can’t keep relying on Ilhan playing anywhere in the team. If he isn’t playing through the middle he shouldn’t be playing at all. Tonia looked liked he lacked match fitness last week which is understandable when he hasn’t played in 5 months and the sooner his fitness levels return the better.

Elazigspor are competing for a playoff place and come off a good 1-0 win over Eskisehirspor last weekend thanks to a Lamine Diarra goal. They won 2-0 the last time the two sides met earlier this season when Kehinde was sent off for a headbut. Ankaragucu will be looking to put things right but know they will need to be at their best in what will be a difficult game.

The Brazilian Tom is their Key man and will be the one to watch, while Andre Tatos and Lamine Diarra are also a threat going forward.

Jim is still in Scotland so their won’t be any meeting this weekend. We will have all the live updates of the game on our twitter page and the game will be shown live on BeIN Sports.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Ankaragucu 0-2 Altinordu match report!

Ankaragucu have started th second half of the season, the exact way that the started the first half. Slow, lacklustre and out of sorts both in defence and attack. A 2-0 defeat at home against Altinordu now makes it 1 win in 5 as Ankaragucu drop to 3rd as both Umraniyespor and Rizespor won at the weekend.

Team - Korcan, Erdem, Yusuf, Alihan, Mehmet, Arif, Sedat, Putsila, Kenan, Ilhan, Umut
Subs - Altay, Lukasz, Mahmut, Oguzhan, Ahmet, Mbamba, Tonia, Kehinde

Yusuf surprisingly was chosen to replace the suspended Gencer in defence and it would be a decision that would come back to haunt İsmail Kartal after another disastrous performance. Why he chose Yusuf over Lukasz only he knows, but it’s a decision along with the persistence in playing Ilhan no matter how bad he is playing that could end up costing him his job.

Ankaragucu started the match brightly in front of another good crowd at the 19 Mayis Stadium in Ankara. It was Altinordu who had the first chance through on the first minute from the edge of the box but Korcan saved comfortably.

Umut Nayir has been disappointing of late and had the perfect chance on the 4th minute as he broke through on goal, but he showed no composure as he blasted the ball into the side netting.

Kenan Özer had another great opportunity to put Ankaragucu ahead on the 12th minute after a brilliant cross from Sedat but his diving header went wide of the post when he should have done better.

Ankaragucu were made pay for their two missed chances 5 minutes later. A long ball from the back was flicked on by Mirkan who was unchallenged in the air by Alihan, the ball was passed across the face of goal and Erdogan saw his deflected shot go past Korcan to make it 1-0. Really poor defending from Ankaragucu with Alihan and Yusuf in particular to blame.

Ten minutes later Mirkan easily went past Yusuf before a beautiful low cross across the face of goal found Kerim who squared the ball to Olcan but his shot was cleared off the line. Ankaragucu were dominating possession but it was Altinordu who looked more dangerous in attack.

Arif Morkaya went close from 30 yards before Umut Nayir wasted another chance as his overhead kick went well over the bar from a nice cross from Kenan. Ankaragucu had one more chance before half time as Sedat saw his shot from the edge of th box saved after nice play from Mehmet Sak.

Half Time - Ankaragucu 0-1 Altinordu

Ankaragucu came out for the second half and piled the pressure on Altinordu as they searched for the equaliser. Erdem shot just wide from 25 yards. A minute later he put in a good cross for Ilhan who saw his headed come back off the post.

İsmail Kartal then made the substitution that killed the match for Ankaragucu. He replaced Putsila with Tonia and kept Ilhan on the pitch. He went 4-4-2 and from there Ankaragucu lost the momentum and looked like they could play all night and not score.

Tonia shot into the side netting on the 62nd minute before Altinordu hit Ankaragucu on the counter attack and finished the game off. They broke down the left hand side before a pin point cross from Mirkan whose header was brilliantly saved by Korcan, but Mirkan reacted first to the rebound as Alihan slipped and stroked the ball into the net to make it 2-0.

Ankaragucu had one more chance through Kehinde but he blasted it high and wide from about 8 yards to sum up the teams day. Altinordu leave Ankara with a deserved victory which leaves a lot of questions over th next few days with the transfer window set to close on Thursday.

It was another hugely disappointing performance from Ankaragucu, losing to a team at the lower end of the table. Sedat Agcay is the oldest player in the team and is the only one that can hold his head high. Mehmet Sak was booed for the last half and hour after another poor defensive performance. Yusuf Abdioglu shouldn’t find a place in the first team again and the front two of Ilhan and Umut need to find their shooting boots or they could find themselves on the bench.

Next up is Elazigspor at home next Sunday, a match Ankaragucu must win or they are in grave danger of missing out on the automatic promotion spots.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Ten-man Gencler come back to defeat Konya

A great comeback from Genclerbirligi after a couple of self-imposed incidents that made it so much harder than it should have been.

Genclerbirligi 2 - 1 Konyaspor

Absolutely freezing in Ankara at the moment, which made my decision to watch the match at the Alerta Pub instead of actually going to the stadium a very wise decision indeed. It was a tiny crowd at the 19 Mayis but it was nice and lively at the Alerta.

When I say "it was lively", I meant, "it was very quiet" for the first half because the football was so boring. Konya had the majority of possession but practically no shots. We were playing some rather silly stuff, some really bad passes, some shots at goal from within our own half and other rubbish.

So, it was boring, except for the very end of the first half when a Konya player sent the ball into the box. A Konya player went up for the header but the ball was well past both him and Ahmet Oguz who had gone up as well. For some silly reason though Ahmet Oguz managed to get his arm high up in the air and handballed the damn thing.

They scored the penalty. 0 - 1. It was a cherry of disappointment to go atop the cake of boringness that was the first half.

Second half though and the things truly became lively. Within the first 60 seconds Skuletic chested down a ball in the box to the new signing Stephane Sessegnon (a Benin national who we transferred from Montpellier last week) who smashed it into the net via a Konya player.

Now we are talking... 

It was looking exciting and Gencler looked like they could take the lead at any moment when Skuletic lashed out at a Konya defender that had been pushing him around. When a said "lashed out", I meant, "lightly tapped him with his boot". Still, it was very stupid and the referee was probably right to hand him an immediate red card.

Down to 10 men and still early in the second half and Konya started the pile on the pressure... but no real shots thanks to some great defensive work. 

Then the pub erupted when the ball was put into the box, plenty of Gencler shirts in there and it went to Alper Uludag's head and in.

And that was that. A great finish. In particular I look forward to seeing more of Sessegnon, he could be just what Gencler needed. 

Great stuff.

Ozat Istifa!

EDIT: By the way. Why on earth was there seven minutes of added time?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Erzerumspor 0-0 Ankaragucu match report!

A good Goalkeeper is worth his weight in gold, and today Korcan Celikay again showed why he is such an important player for Ankaragucu. The 30 year old former Besiktas and Sivasspor keeper was man of the match with a fantastic display in the 0-0 draw at Erzerumspor.

Team - Korcan, Erdem, Gencer, Alihan, Mehmet, Arif, Sedat, Mbamba, Ilhan, Kenan, Umut Nayir
Subs - Altay, Furkan, Lukasz, Yusuf, Mahmut, Ferhat, Ahmet, Tonia

It was a cold winters day in Erzerum and their was snow at the side of the park but the pitch was in good condition for a game of football after excellent work from the ground staff. A draw in Erzerum isn’t the worst result in the world, but it was the manner of the Ankaragucu display that was slightly concerning as the team were lucky to escape with a share of the points.

Ankaragucu had the first chance of the game after nice play from Kenan straight from kick off as he beat two players, but his weak effort from outside the box was easily held by Hakan. Seven minutes later Hakan Arslan had a shot from distance that went wide of the post for Erzerum at the other end.

Erhan Celenk was the best player on the pitch and almost gave Erzerum the lead after 15 minutes but for an excellent save from Korcan. From the resulting corner Stephan Acka headed the ball over the bar.

Erhan went close again on the 27th minute with a shot from distance but Korcan made another good save to tip the ball over for a corner.

Ankaragucu were looking out of sorts as their play was sluggish, slow and they were struggling to support Umut Nayir in attack. Kenan was the only one who looked like he was causing Erzerum any problems. On the 34th minute nice play with him and Sedat led to a chance for Ilhan but his shot was well saved by Hakan.

Just before half time Hakan produced an excellent double save from Kenan to keep the score at 0-0 in what was a pretty even first half.

The second half was all Erzerum as they piled the pressure on and looked the stronger, fitter and faster team all over the pitch. One minute into 2nd half Erhan beat two players before his shot was tipped round the post by Korcan.

Five minutes later and it was another outstanding save from Korcan from Erhan who couldn’t believe his luck as the Ankaragucu keeper was saving everything that came at him. Gokhan Karadeniz was next to be denied by Korcan as his header was straight at him.

On the 64th minute a shot from distance by Taylan was again saved by Korcan. Five minutes later Alihan had a chance at the other end but his headed went wide of the post.

It looked like it was going to be Erzerum’s day on the 77th minute as they were awarded a penalty. Mehmet Sak made a poor mistake and then Alihan committed a rash challenge in the box as the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Up stepped Hamza Younes....and yes you guessed it, Korcan made another unbelievable save.

There were a couple of late half chances from Erdem and Kenan which didn’t mount to anything. Full Time 0-0 and Ankaragucu have Korcan Celikay to thank for an incredible performance.

A poor display from Ankaragucu who missed Anton Putsila in midfield. Mbamba understandably looked unfit after missing the last 4 months through injury. It’s hard to criticise İsmail Kartal but his persistence in playing Ilhan Parlak no matter how poorly he is playing could come back and bite him in the face. Ankaragucu need some pace up top with Umut and will be hoping Tonia can be that man once fit.

Ankaragucu drop down to 2nd after Umraniyespor won 7-0 against Gaziantepspor and now lead the table on goal difference. Rizespor are now only 1 point behind after a convincing 3-0 win at Manisaspor.

It’s a home match with Altinordu next week for Ankaragucu in what will be a must win game after winning only 1 of their last 4 games.

Genclerbirligi start second half with a deserved win

The footie season is back on and us Gencler fans still have no idea whether they will be selling us season tickets for the second half of the season. Looks like collective punishment for our constant calls for coach Umit Ozat to resign.

Karabukspor 0 - 2 Genclerbirligi

Off to the Alerta Pub to join the Alkaralar and Kara Kizil groups for this mid-Saturday afternoon kick-off. About 50 Gencler fans made the trip for what is possibly our closest away match - 225 kilometres away.

The first half wasn't boring but it was pretty clear that this was a match between two struggling teams. Gencler had Aydin Karabulut back after a season away... and he looked a bit rusty... He had a chance which hit the crossbar but was lacking some of the flair we remember. I'm sure he will be back to form soon enough.

Karabuk had one hell of a chance fairly early on when Hamidou Traore had an almighty belt which a fully outstretched Hopf only just managed to get a few fingers to and send the ball out. Phew.

Second half and Gencler started to dominate. The first goal was rather strange with Skuletic on the floor seeming to lash out at the ball to get it in. Quite weird really.

With Karabuk now going full on there were lots of counterattack opportunities and it was our captain Ugur Cıftci who cleaned up.

In the end it was fairly easy. I don't think there is any chance of Karabuk not being relegated... As for us...

Friday, January 19, 2018

Erzerumspor vs Ankaragucu match preview!

Ankaragucu return to league action this Sunday after the winter break where the players enjoyed their training camp in Antalya. A tough trip to Erzerumspor awaits Ankaragucu who will be hoping to bounce back from their disappointing 2-1 defeat at Adana Demirspor in December.

Santiago Mele, Doka Madureira and Cheikhou Dieng have all left the club with no new players being singed as of yet in the January transfer window. Tonia Tisdell and Kibong Mbamba are both fit and have returned to the squad after missing out on the first have of the season due to injury. Tonia in particular will be a huge boost to the club and a key player moving into the second half of the season.

Both sides met in the first game of the season in Ankara with the scoreline 0-0, as both sides failed to take their chances with Hamza Younes and Ilhan Parlak in particular guilty of poor finishing. A lot has changed since then as both sides were playing their first competitive game which included a host of new players. Ankaragucu have went from strength to strength, blowing away anyone who stands in their way, with stunning wins against Rizespor, Eskisehirspor, Giresunspor and Umraniyespor respectively.

Erzerumspor on the other hand find themselves 1 place outside of the playoff spots and have improved as the season goes on. After a stuttering start, they are starting to find consistency and are unbeaten in their last 6 games, having drew 3 and won 3. Those results have all came against difficult opposition and Sundays match will be a real test for Ankaragucu.

Hamza Younes will again be the key player for Erzerumspor with the Tunisian striker having scored 7 goals from 15 games this season. The big striker is strong in the air and will always find himself in good positions. He can be a bit erratic at times with his finishing but will be the man that Ankaragucu will need to pay attention too. Gokhan Karadeniz is another danger man with the former Altinordu and Goztepe forward a proven scorer in the Turkish lower leagues.

Ismail Kartal will again be expected to go with the team that has repaid his faith shown in them this season. The left back position is still an area of concern with both Mehmet Sak and Ferhat Kiraz disappointing in defensive duties.

It will be interesting to see if Ismail decides to start with Tonia or if he finds himself on the bench. It will depend on his fitness levels as he has missed the last 6 months due to injury. Lets hope for another Ankaragucu win as the 2nd half to the season is going to be a tough challenge!