Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler won’t have a better chance of halting their winless sequence of matches than they had today at the Eryaman Stadium when they played against 10 man Malatya for 50 minutes.
It is now 9 consecutive matches played without winning and Gencler must now seriously consider playing next season in The Championship if the elusive win doesn’t come soon.
With 69% possession today they only managed 3 shots on target, and with all due respect to Malatya, they probably won’t have a better chance than they had today against a very average Malatya team.
GENCLERBIRLIGI 1 Yeni Malatyaspor 1
Team – Nordfeldt, Johanssen, Arda, Mustafa, Pehlivan, Candeias, Piris, Soner, Lucas Mugni, Ayite and Sandro Lima
Substitutes – Polomat, Yilmaz, Yildirim and Sertn
Both teams were set-up for attack, but it was Malatya who looked more likely to open the scoring in the first 20 minutes until a vital decision swung the match the other way.
In Gencler’s first serious attack, Ayite broke free, but as he was about to enter the box and shoot, he was brought down by Semih and went sprawling into the box. The referee immediately produced the yellow card, but before the free kick could be taken he received a message in his earpiece. He then consulted VAR and returned to the field to produce a RED card and off Semih went.
Gencler took control of the match at this point and almost opened the scoring 8 minutes later when Soner had a great chance. A cross came in from the right and Soner shot inside the 6 yard box only to see his shot well saved for a corner.
5 minutes later following yet another Gencler corner, there was a quick clearance and the quick break was on. Kaya and Tetteh raced away together with the Gencler defence caught out and Kaya made an inch perfect pass to Tetteh who shrugged off a defender’s challenge and shot inside the right post.
Gencler continued to attack the 10 men and Johanssen was unlucky to see his shot from just outside the box hit the bar. Then, just before the half time whistle Soner had his free kick from just outside the box well saved for a corner.
Hibs loanee, Stevie Mallan, had a fairly quiet 1st half and was replaced by Ankaragucu ‘olde boy’, Umut Bulut.
Into the 2nd half and 10 man Malatya was weathering the Gencler attacks and it seemed to me at this stage of the match that they would hold out for all 3 points. However, Gencler received a helping hand from Lady Luck in the 60th minute. Ayite sent a screamer of a shot from just outside the box which hit the post, bounced off, hit the grounded goalkeeper, and ricocheted off him and in.
10 minutes later it was Gencler’s turn to see RED when Ayite brought down Tetteh from behind when he was in full flow and heading for the penalty box.
5 minutes later and Malatya missed a golden opportunity to win the match when Mustafa was put through one-on-one with Nordfeldt, but his shot went just past the post.
Gencler move off the bottom spot of the league at least until tomorrow. If Ankaragucu can take at least one point off Hatay then Gencler will once again prop the league up.
Two upcoming crucial matches for Gencler to haul themselves out of trouble. However, unless they can find inspiration in the final 3rd to score goals, it will be a big ask. They travel to Gaziantep on Tuesday and are back at home next Sunday against Basaksehir.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim