Two new Coaches
in the dug-outs today. For Gencler,
ex-Gencler striker Mert Nobre, and for Konya, Ismail Kartal, who’s a well known
figure in Turkish footie over the past years.
GENCLERBIRLIGI 0 Konyaspor 0
Nordfeldt, Matias, Toure, Diego, Ibrahim, Motta, Soner, Candeias, Sefa, Sio and
Substitutes – Murat
Yildirim, Arda, Ayite and Ilker
It took about 30
minutes into the match for me to write anything worthwhile with Konya finding
lots of space to sweep the ball around the midfield area, but no sparks in the
final third. Gencler was playing a
holding game and hanging on, probably thankful for Konya’s dithering.
Sio was lucky
not to get a yellow card for a dig into the ribs of a Konya player on the
referee’s blind side, and Stancu on his own up front was anonymous. I don’t understand why teams who play at
home (or away) only have a lone striker !!!
Konya came close
to making the break through before half time when a perfectly flighted free
kick on the right to the back post was met with a bulleted header which hit the
bar and went out of play.
So, at half
time, not the type of match which will stick in the memory !!
Would it be a game of two halves ?
Errrrrrrm ......... no !!!
to come more into the match and had a few chances shortly after the
re-start. First, Candeias had a long
run down the left, but his shot was past the post with only Stancu up in
support but ignored by Candeias.
there was some nice inter-play by Gencler down the right and the cut-back was
sent to Stancu who shot narrowly past the post. Stancu had another chance moments later
but when well placed in the box, blasted his shot against a defender.
Konya also had
chances, but not for the first time their shooting was high and wide.
With 15 minutes
to go, Konya began to run out of ideas allowing Gencler to take control of the
match, but Konya seemed happy to soak up the pressure and hold out for one
point as the clock ran the match down.
Motta did have a
chance almost on the final whistle but the Konya goalkeeper stuck his right
foot out to save his goal bound shot.
I hesitate to be
overly critical of both teams so early in the season, and after all, it was
Konya’s first match. However, let’s
hope things can only get better for both teams. Most of the action was in midfield with
very few genuine attempts at goal, and both goalkeepers were never really
sorely tested. In fact, both teams had
only one shot each on target in the entire match !!
Next weekend is
Gencler’s turn to have a free week, so their next match is away to Beshiktrash
on Sunday 4 October. As I’ve said many
times, it doesn’t get any easier in this league !!
All the best
from Eski Kanka Jim