A lot of green this period as our form reversal continued.
We survived a very nervy cup tie with Ravan, neither side able to trouble the scoreboard in over 200 minutes of home & away football, resulting in progression by the barest of margins, 4-3 on penalties.
In the league, good wins over Qarabag, Qabala & Sumqayit City were balanced by slightly disappointing efforts against Xazar & Inter Baki but in all, I think we can be pleased with our results over the past 2 months.
Table & Stats
So, we shoot up to 3rd position, courtesy of our impressive form against our nearest rivals. Sumqayit still lead the way with a 4 point gap to Neftci while Qarabag slide out of the top 4 & sack their manager in the process.
Stats wise its Neftci & Sumqayit who dominate with Keirrison blasting his way to the top of the goal scoring charts & Ailton producing the 3rd highest average rating & topping the assists count.
On the home front, young forward, Bahattin Kose, shoots to the top of our scoring charts having capitalised on the injury to Roland Linz, impressively.
Overall Team Stats
At what is essentially the half way point of the season, I thought it would be an idea to show just how the team is performing overall.
As you can see, its our local talent leading the way with 4 of our top 5 performers being Azeri. Its a fact that I am extremely impressed by!
At the other end of the spectrum, the form of our captain, Sasa Yunisoglu, has been underwhelming to say the least, as has the form of Austrian striker, Roland Linz.
Once again, its mostly good news as the vast majority of players have been working their socks off.
In addition to his goal scoring feats, Bahattin Kose has impressed in training, developing at a fantastic rate, matched as well by the likes of Alfredo Intriago, Robert Burbano & Abdulla Abatsiyev. Pleasing news as it seems to be our young brigade leading the way.
With the January window now open, I'll drop it back to a monthly update so as to better account for our wheeling & dealing.
A busy little month it is too, with 7 games in all, 3 against Kapaz as we face them bith in the league & cup.
Games against Neftci & Qarabag stand out as key, given the tightness in the race for the European spots, & I will obviously be hoping to continue our good record against the better sides in the league whilst also improving on our performanaces against the "lesser likes."
Once again, I'll make no predictions just hope the good form continues. Wish me luck!