November- Bottom Of A Steep Hill
Takuya Murayama scored the only goal of my 2 matches in November
I arrived at Pogon in mid-November, and I only had 2 games to play until the month was over. Looking at the table, 13th out of 16th was bad to start with but it was magnified when I discovered that Pogon had lost their last 6 games, and 12 out of the last 14! It would be a daunting task to simply get a point with the team’s morale, let’s see how I did against Widzew
Pogon Szczecin vs Widzew Lodz
Pogon Starting XI- Janukiewicz, Brzyski, Piter-Bucko, Hernani, Tortosa, Golla, Akahoshi, Lawa, Wisniecki, Murayama, Robak
Piotr Kieruzel (Widzew)
My first match in charge of Pogon Szczecin was against midtable Widzew Lodz, a very average team capable of shutting opponents down. At our home ground, Floriana Krygeria, the fans showed a lot of support for me and seemed to spur our team on. However, no-one could break the stalemate despite some hits on the crossbar. Our counter-attacking play was broken up by Widzew, who defended marvellously. Against a team above us, I think this was a positive performance, and I don’t expect immediate fireworks. Piotr Kieruzel won the man of the match award with a great display in defence for the Lodz outfit.
Zaglebie Lubin vs Pogon Szczecin
Pogon Starting XI- Janukiewicz, Brzyski, Piter-Bucko, Hernani, Tortosa, Golla, Akahoshi, Lawa, Pietruszka, Murayama, Robak
Maciej Korzym (Lubin)
A very big task lay ahead of me, as we travelled to Lubin to play the second placed team on the table, just behind Legia. We started well, and had a lot of possession in the first 30 minutes. However, a lapse in concentration led to Lubin spearhead Maciej Korzym scoring an easy finish after 34 minutes, and it was evident that heads were dropping because he scored again just a minute later. At half time, I reassured the boys they were doing fine and they were a new team after the break, with Murayama’s goal giving us a slimmer of hope. But Lubin then went into ultra-defensive mode, meaning we closed out the game 2-1. It was a great result to be honest, a good effort away from home against a quality side.
We currently sit in 15th, firmly inside the relegation zone, and it seems that we are destined to be battling it out inside the relegation championship. I just need to get these guys into form so we can survive the mini-league relegation, and then I can rebuild next season.
The young defensive midfielder, brimming with potential, was the best player over the course of a disappointing month. He managed to maintain good defensive discipline despite the onslaughts and kept the team steady and solid from defensive midfield.
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