Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler was outplayed throughout the whole match today in Izmir. Even without their normal strikers, Stancu, Sio and Candeias, they can have no complaints.
They only had one serious shot on target by Soner, almost at the final whistle, but it was powder-puff and easily saved.
Goztepe 4 GENCLERBIRLIGI 0
Team – Nordfeldt, Pehlivan, Toure, Diego, Johanssen, Soner, Piris, Polomat, Yildirim, Altiparmak and Ilker
Substitutes – Omurcan, Berisbek, Mustafa and Seyhan
Goztepe made it clear from the kick-off that they were focused on all-out attack and they had 2 great chances early in the match which went begging.
Both from classic cut-backs which are difficult to defend. The first, in the 8th minute was crossed from the left goal line and the angled flick went just past the right post.
The second was an uncustomary mistake by Toure which allowed the attacker to cut the ball back on the left and the shot was parried by Nordfeldt and then cleared by a nearby defender.
However, it was no surprise when Goztepe took the lead in the 24th minute from a corner on the right which was swung into the 6 yard box when Zulj sent an angled header inside the left post.
It was almost 2 on the half hour mark when Nordfeldt pulled off a great save to tip a goal bound shot over the bar.
Approaching half time and the 2nd goal arrived. A fast attack down the left, and when the cross came in there was Ndiaye to stretch out a leg between two defenders for a classic predator strike.
It was 45 plus 1 and I was ready for my half time ‘refreshment’ when Piris made a terrible back pass which was latched onto by Akbunar who rounded Nordfeldt and stroked the ball in. Sloppy defending and Toure was slow to keep tabs on Akbunar !!
Goztepe came out for the 2nd half and straight into attack again. They had 2 chances to increase their lead before they put the sword in.
Firstly, Tripic missed a sitter when the ball was cut-back to him all alone in the centre within the 6 yard box and he blasted the ball over when all that was needed was a simple tap-in. Secondly, there was a fast flowing move down the left and the final shot hit the post on the way out.
The 4th goal duly arrived half way through the 2nd half when Goztepe waltzed through the Gencler defence and Akbunar had time to fire in a shot inside the right post with Nordfeldt well beaten.
From then until the final whistle Goztepe was content to play the running-down-time game with Gencler chasing shadows and lacking their normal fighting spirit.
So, Gencler stay stuck in the relegation zone alongside Denizli, Ankaragucu, Erzurum and Kayseri.
Another difficult match looms for Gencler on Saturday when they host Trabzonspor. It doesn’t get any easier in this league !!
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim