Twelve new players and somehow Ilhan Parlak still started for Ankaragücü today. And again he put in an awful performance constantly giving the ball away while firing a blank and creating 0 assists. It’s indefensible any manager giving Ilhan a starting slot when he consistently delivers dreadful performances.
Team - Altay, Kitsiou, Yalcin, Alihan, Pinto, Sedat, Moke, Moulin, Boyd, Ilhan, Orgill
Subs - Korcan, Kulusic, Pazdan, Mehmet Sak, Cebrail, Faty, Mahmut, Ender, Aydin, Sacko
Mustafa Kaplan handed 4 debuts in the starting line up as Kitsiou, Moke, Boyd and Orgill all made their first start. All of the signings imprssed and the overall performance of the team will give the fans some hope that we can avoid relegation.
As of all 3 of the games he has been in charge, Ankaragücü were a goal down in the first 6 minutes. Abdulkadir Omer beat Alihan before crossing for Rodallega who brilliantly beat 2 Ankaragücü defenders before sending Altay the wrong way and slotting the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0.
It looked like Ankaragücü were heading for another thumping but the players rolled up their sleeves and put in a spirited performance. Straight from kick of Orgill laid the ball off for Boyd whose thunderous shot was well saved by Ugurcan.
At the other end Omer again linked with Rodaellga but the Colombians shot was easily saved by Altay.
Into the second half and Rodallega was the provider this time for Ekuban, but the Nigerian dragged his shot wide when he should have score.
Then came the controversial moment of the match. Sedat broke into the Trabzon box before crossing for Orgill, the big Jamaican fell to the floor before getting back up and slotting the ball into the net. The referee ruled it out for handball as when falling Orgill hand brushed the ball. Replays showed that it was unintentional and as per the rule from a Turkish referee in the BeIN Sports studio the goal should have stood.
Yusuf Yazici had a shot from distance easily saved by Altay, before the Turkish U21 International made another excellent save from Ekuban minutes later.
Substitute Hadi Sacko had a couple of chances as he was put through by Aydin Karabulut but on both occasions Ugurcan saved as Sacko went for the near post. Ankaragucu were also denied 2 further penalties much to the disappointment of the travelling support.
Another defeat but Mustafa Kaplan can take a lot of positives from the performance and it Kasimpasa at home next Monday which is a must win against a team struggling without Mbaye Diagne.