run of good form came to an end in Sivas tonight when they succumbed to an
impressive Sivas team who play fast and attractive football.
said that, Gencler were unfortunate to go in at half time 1-0 down when they
scorned two good chances to go ahead.
Sivas stepped up
a gear in the 2nd half and deservedly took all 3 points.
Sivasspor 3 GENCLERBIRLIGI 1
Team – Nordfeldt,
Pehivan, Polomat, Arda, Omurcan, Berat, Yildirim, Stancu, Candeias, Yilmaz and
- Furman, Ayike and Mustafa Seyhan
Sio had the
first chance of the match after 15 minutes when Stancu was brought down just outside
the box in the centre. His shot hit
the wall and went out for a corner.
Then on the half
hour mark Stancu was first to the ball from a left wing free kick, but his
headed flick was past the right post.
Sivas was attacking
too, but trying to walk the ball in and Gencler was sweeping up.
Into time added
on, and I was just about to go and have my first ‘refreshment’ of the evening
when there was a great move by Sivas on the right when the ball was played in
to the left for Gradel who shot just outside the box and it went in just inside
the left post with Nordfeldt unable to reach it. Great move and great goal.
Into the 2nd
half and Sio should have equalised inside the 6 yard box but the goalkeeper made
a great instinctive save. From the
clearance, Sivas should have extended their lead, but an excellent saving
tackle from Arda prevented a certain goal.
Half way through
the 2nd half and there was a great surging run by Erdogan, but his
goal bound shot was well saved by Nordfeldt.
It looked all
over for Gencler one minute later when from a Sivas corner on the left, Hakan’s
back-header deceived Nordfeldt and the game was up for Gencler.
5 minutes to go
and Yatabare put the match well and truly beyond Gencler with a classic striker’s
goal when he received the ball on the left just inside the box and sent a shot
inside the right post.
grabbed a consolation goal in the 91st minute when Arda rose up
highest in the penalty box to power in a header from a free kick on the right
and inside the left post.
So to Monday,
and the ‘6 Pointer’ against fellow strugglers Kayseri in what will be a crucial
test of nerves before the winter break.
As always, watch
this space for the outcome !!
All the best
from Eski Kanka Jim