Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Nine matches into the season and Ankaragucu still haven’t recorded their first win of the season after returning empty handed from Antalya last night. They therefore remain firmly rooted to the bottom of the league and are now looking for miracles with some difficult fixtures coming up – as I’ve said many times here, there are no easy matches in this division !
Antalyaspor 1 ANKARAGUCU 0
Team – Ricardo, Pinto, Pazdan, Diousse, Kitsiou, Atakan, Saba, Alper, Voca, Orkan and Bolingi
Substitutes – Cetin, Endri, Borven and Adzic
The first half was pretty much evenly contested, but Ankaragucu should have gone in ahead at half time.
Alper had a great chance in the 17th minute when he ran with the ball from the half way line, but when he entered the penalty box he was dispossessed when in fact he should have passed to the right to the unmarked Orkan.
3 minutes later and another chance was missed when Bollingi passed to Orkan on the right, but his shot was straight at the goalkeeper who saved and the danger was cleared.
3 minutes after that, Ankaragucu thought that they had received a lifeline when a penalty was awarded. Kitsiou was brought down in the box by Eren as he was about to shoot. The referee pointed to the spot and produced a red card for Eren, who took the long walk to the tunnel, but lingered there to see the outcome of the penalty. In the meantime, the referee had received a message in his earpiece and then signalled VAR. After consulting the VAR he changed his mind, awarded a free kick to Antalya and recinded the red card. Naturally, there was a protest from the Ankaragucu players with Kitsiou receiving a yellow card. The referee probably decided that Kitsiou had stumbled and then dived, but even after watching the replay it is not 100% clear !!
So, into stoppage time in the 1st half with still all to play for and then Ankaragucu shot themselves in the foot !!
In the 45th plus 4 minute, Podolski was in his own half and sent a long pass to Jahovic who escaped from Pazdan and Atakan, brought the ball under control and sent a shot in from the right to left with Ricardo making it easy for him by committing himself before the shot.
I have to say that Podolski showed great vision with the pass and Jahovic great anticipation and control. However, the covering of Pazdan and Atakan was questionable to say the least !
Shortly after the resumption of play Atakan almost allowed Antalya to make it 2. Inside his own box he was caught in two minds on what action to take and was dispossessed by Amilton who was fortunately too slow to react and the danger was cleared.
Ankaragucu continued to search for the equaliser but the final pass was just not there and the Antalya defence was sweeping everything up and looking pretty solid.
15 minutes to go and it was Ricardo to the rescue when he saved at the near post from a cheeky back heel flick from an Antalya attacker.
Then with 3 minutes to go came Ankaragucu’s best move of the match. Saba was substituted, and not before time !!! Sure, he made lots of runs down both wings but his crosses were all for Antalya defenders. Also, I lost count of the times he fell down as he tried to go past defenders. His days as an Ankaragucu player are surely numbered !!
Ankaragucu ‘olde boy’ Orgill came off the bench and had 3 attempts to put the game beyond Ankaragucu. However, fortunately Ricardo saved 2 and the other went narrowly past the post.
Lots of passing by Ankaragucu in their own half of the field, lots of back passes to Ricardo and not much up front where the damage should be done. In fact, Ankaragucu had a measly 3 shots on target throughout the whole match !!
I have nothing positive to say which is probably understandable as Ankaragucu sit bottom of the league and continue to prop it up !!!
They will have another chance to find that first win of the season next Saturday at home to Konyaspor. Yet another mountain to climb !!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim