only themselves to blame and should have put his match to bed in the 1st
half when they came out of the traps like a whippet !!
They spurned so
many goal attempts and have only themselves to blame at the end of the match for
losing all 3 points.
ANKARAGUCU 0 Besiktas 1
Team – Ricardo,
Kitsiou, Atakan, Sarliga, Pinto, Voca, Saba, Emre, Lukasik, Endri and Borven
Cetin, Paintsil, Bolingi and Assane
The match was
only 5 minutes old when Emre picked up a stray pass and shot from just outside
the box, but it was past the right post.
4 minutes later
and it was the turn of Saba when one on one with the goalkeeper he went the
wrong way and ran the ball out of play
6 minutes later and Emre had another chance
when he was put through on goal with a clear chance, but he suddenly pulled-up
when he was in full flow. It looked
like he may have pulled a hamstring, and then he was off and replaced by Cetin.
Then with the
last action of the 1st half, Kitsiou broke away on his own on the
right and shot from a tight angle on the right, but the goalkeeper managed to
parry his goal bound shot and it was cleared.
Unfortunately, Kitsiou didn’t return for the 2nd half after
sustaining a head injury shortly before the half time whistle.
still looking dangerous but Ankaragucu was to regret all their missed chances,
and yet another in the 2nd half when Saba and Lukasic contrived to
both miss opportunities from the same attack shortly after the restart.
The sucker punch
came in the 60th minute from a Besiktas free kick on the right when
defender Vida had all the time in the world to power in a header with the
Ankaragucu defence looking at each other and asking .......... where did he
come from ??!!
To their credit,
Ankaragucu kept plugging away, but the damage was done, and I for one believed
it. Lukasic almost proved me wrong
with 10 minutes remaining, but he shot over when well placed to score.
There are no
excuses offered for this defeat which could easily have been a famous
victory. As I have said here many
times ........... the round leather thingie must be put between the sticks
........... it is goals that count !!!
So to the final
match before the Winter Break in Denizli next Sunday, in which we must return
to Ankara with all 3 points to give us a springboard for the resumption of
hostilities and the impetus to climb out of the relegation zone.
I’m fed up
saying ............. this is a MUST WIN match, but ............. it really
Bring it on and
watch this space for the outcome.
In parting, may
I, on behalf of the Kanka Group, wish all our readers a Merry Christmas Day
tomorrow and a Happy New Year in 2021.
Let’s pray and hope that this effin virus can be defeated so that we can
all return to our normal lives again, including attending Eryaman Stadium and
supporting ....... Aaaaaankaaaarrrraaagoojooo !!!!
All the best
from Eski Kanka Jim