Sunday, April 03, 2016

Played well, last minute loss. Heard that before?

Is it back to the bad old days? The answer is yes if you believe Yurtspor. They started reporting late Saturday night that Ibrahim Uzelmez has lost his job as coach of Gencler. A number of people that we know who are close to club reported the opposite. Nothing as of yet on the website, but then it is only midday on Sunday and Turkish breakfasts must first be completed.

Genclerbirligi 0 - 1 Konyaspor

A good performance by Gencler saw them lose in the final minute. We had a few shots saved but in the end we weren't able to convert massive possessional advantage into goals. That about sums it up.

Other points of interest. The recent bomb blasts in Ankara and Istanbul kept the number of Gencler fans well down, despite it being a beautiful Spring day. Konyaspor, however, had maybe a thousand fans... proper fans who came in a bus convoy for the day trip. Police numbers were also up. In addition to the normal private security people I'd say there were about 500 police officers inside the stadium, and lots of others outside.

The referee was hopeless when it came to his failure to punish Konya players for clear yellow and red card offences they committed against Landel. He was being fouled left, right and centre ... and from behind... and no cards were ever handed out. Landel had a great game, coming on in the second half for Skulason.

Hleb had to go off early in the first half. Hope it isn't serious.

The win for Konya puts them into third position and on course for a European spot.

The authorities forbade the Gencler fans from bringing in remembrance banner for the death of Elvin Bugra Arslan, the Gencler fan who was killed in the Ankara bomb blast three weeks ago. No comment.

EDIT: Breakfast has finished and Cavcav has announced that Uzelmez hasn't been sacked.    

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