Nov-Dec 2014: The Year's End
The festive season was packed with action
Amid rumours of a takeover it was quite hard to stay completely focused on the task ahead: retaining our position in the league table. The players and I also tried hard to maintain some concentration ahead of what was set to be a gruelling two months of action.
Defensive training was the focus of the week's training ahead of a must-win game against bottom club Victorianos FC
. It seems to have paid off as we kept a clean sheet alongside goals from Eduardo Cañas and Freddy Granados. The scoreline depicts a fairly even match but we were by far the more comprehensive team.
In the next two weeks we had away journeys away. First we faced Fundación Cesarger
and that was a relatively easy game. Two goals from Eduardo Cañas and one each from Carabali and Archila meant this game ended up being a walk in the park. Next was the match against Academica Emeritense
, which was marked by the return of star striker Jesús Reyes. Him and his partner Cañas combined to score one each for themselves in a match that finished in a 2-2 stalemate.
Following that we secured a routine 5-3 victory over struggling Pellícanos FC
before we hit the hardest part of this two months report. Firstly, ULA FC
are a side that are promotion contenders and despite two Víctor Archila goals we were defeated pretty badly by the final score of four goals to two.
, much the same as ULA FC, were in and around the top three places on the standings and a win against us would all but put them even further ahead. Eduardo Cañas kept up his fantastic scoring record but it was to avail as we sunk to consecutive defeats.
The clash with mid-table side Atlético Píar
was a case of same old same old as we fell back in to bad habits. Comprehensively ahead, we let another
lead slip and nearly threw away another certain three points. I'm starting to think that this has more to do with my players' concentration levels than our defending abilities.
Two big wins against Estudiantes de Caroní
and CA Lopez Hernandez
rounded off what could be considered a successful month. I'm still a little bitter about the two losses to our promotion rivals but these two victories improved morale and boosted goal difference.
November-December League Table
Even after losing out to both ULA FC and Estrella Roja, the form that sandwiched those two defeats means we catapult into third place
, the final promotion spot. The problem is that this situation could easily flip on us. We are eight points behind second placed SC Guaraní and we are even on points with Baralt FC. Furthermore, Estrella Roja is only a win away from leapfrogging us.
November-December Player of the Month
It would've been easy to give this award to Eduardo Cañas, our in-form target man. He knocks in goals nearly every game and is certainly one of our key players and in no way does he not
deserve this award. But winger Freddy Granados
knocks in his own fair share of goals and usually creates his strikers', too. For this reason, the award goes to him.
Contrary to news reports, I am as in the dark as everyone else with this takeover. I have no clue who this tycoon is and at what stage the negotiations are in or where they're being taken place. The current chairman has asked for my patience and confidentiality and I will oblige. What I am worrying about most is my job - what happens if I lose it?