Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Ankaragucu was rather fortunate to ‘escape’ from Istanbul with one point tonight thanks to an opportunist goal from Owusu assisted by Cem.
After a bright start, Ankaragucu faded and Tuzla gradually took control of the match and carried the threat for most of the 1st and half and all of the 2nd half. They were more direct than Ankaragucu and should really have capitalised on their possession, chances and slack defending by Ankaragucu.
Tuzlaspor 1 ANKARAGUCU 1
Team – Akin, Murat, Yusuf, Sinan, Pinto, Abdullah, Hasan, Owusu, Geraldo, Cem and Eren
Substitutes- Isak, Ali Kaan, centin and Erdem
The Ankaragucu infamous defence screwed up in the 17th minute to gift Tuzla the lead. A cross came in with Kinali the only forward in the danger area and he was allowed to have a free header with FOUR Ankaragucu defenders in the danger area with him. The look on Akin’s face said it all !!!
They should have increased their lead twice before half time, but hit the post with the first effort, and even allowing for a panic in the Ankaragucu defence for the 2nd effort, they construed to miss the chance.
Then with the match 2 minutes into time added on in the 1st half and the referee looking at his watch, Ankaragucu equalised from the only real chance they had in the match, and an excellent goal it was too. Good work by Cem half way into the Tuzla half to dispossess a defender and a great pass to Owusu who evaded a tackle and shot high into the centre of the goal with the goalkeeper well beaten.
Ankaragucu did have one chance after the break after a flowing move, but Geraldo’s shot was weak. I despair about Geraldo and ask the question ................ ‘Will he ever score a goal for Ankaragucu’ ?? Surely his days are numbered at this Club !!!
Tuzla hit the bar shortly after and was giving the Ankaragucu defence a torrid time. Akin had to look lively to finger-tip a goal bound header over and Tuzla had 2 more genuine chances but their finishing was wayward.
Coach Mustafa Dalci has a major job on his hands, and from what I’ve seen tonight it is going to be a long hard slog to avoid another relegation battle.
There is no commanding presence in the defence (Sinan is a tall man, but so so slow !!), there is no midfield general to dictate play and I’m sorry to say that Pinto is not the man to wear the captain’s armband. Cem and Owusu look to have potential, but Eren is too slow to be a lethal striker. I’m sure Mustafa Bey has clocked these points, but the main question is ........... does he have the wherewithal to rectify the situation ??!!
Ankaragucu will be at home next Sunday when they host Kocaelispor. Let’s see if there are any signs of improvement.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim