Sunday, February 21, 2021




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler slumped to defeat in Denizli yesterday and have now gone 8 matches without winning.


They were outplayed in the 1st half and conceded to an excellent goal of individual brilliance.


Gencler stepped up their momentum in the 2nd half but for all their efforts only managed one shot on target out of 12.    The others were wild shots sent high and wide with no danger for Cenk in the Denizli goal.


It was pleasing to see old Ankaragucu Captain, Hakan Kutlu, on the touchline for Denizli.    No criticism of Hikmet Karaman intended, but he is the next Ankaragucu Coach  (I told you first  !!).


Denizlispor            1                       GENCLERBIRLIGI          0


Team – Nordfeldt, Polomat, Toure, Arda, OmurCan, Piris, Soner, Ayite, Furman, Candeias and Sandro Lima


Substitutes – Mugni, Srdan, Pehlivan and Ilker


It was clear from the outset that Denizli was determined to attack and they set out 4-3-3 to do it.


Rodallega hit the post with a shot just outside the box in the 13th minute, and that set the scene for the 1st half with Gencler pinned back in defence for the most part.


5 minutes later and Mesanovic picked up a pass on the half way line and made for the penalty box.    With 2 defenders playing catch-up, he still had time to look up and guide his shot just inside the right post with Nordfeldt just managing to get his fingertips to the ball.    A classic striker’s goal   !


Rodallega and Sagal were a constant threat throughout the match and again Rodallega was unlucky on the half hour mark when his goal bound shot was deflected at the last second for a corner.


The only moment of danger for Denizli came half way through the 2nd half when Soner had a great chance to hook the ball into the unguarded goal at the far post, but somehow he contrived to miss the ball completely and it went out of play.


Rodallega had 2 more chances to increase the lead for Denizli.     The first was well saved by Nordfeldt and the second was a long range shot which hit the post and was then saved by Nordfeldt.


Gencler’s confidence must be shot to pieces and they could very well end up bottom of the league tomorrow night if Ankaragucu beat Rize.     However, they have a glimmer of hope with a home match against struggling Yeni Malatya next Friday.    The stark reality is that with time running out, Gencler must start winning points.   One point from their last 8 matches is a relegation statistic   !!


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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