Make- or break time!
Just over two thirds of the season has passed and things are already being put at it's point as the schedule puts our two promotioncontenders Puchov and Petrzalka up against us as well as eachother in the first two games of the cycle (with only 12 teams in the leauge we have to play every team three times and we play them in the same order all three times). Luckily for us we are the team who gets the extra game at home against both teams this season, I take it as a sign that this is our year!
Overall it's been a good season with only one sequnce of bad form, but considering that our THREE best strikers were injured at the same time offers enough of an explanation for me. Even with results being good though we haven't been able to shake Puchov or Petrzalka, in fact the three of us have usually stayed with in 2 points margin for most of the season and taking turns being top dogs. With this in mind and the fact that we only have nine games after these makes the games against the other top teir teams extremely important. Out of the first four games already played against them in the previous two "cycles" we've only managed to pull off one win. It came against Petrzalka.
The lads were pumped as they walked out on Mestsky Stadio in front of the homecrowd knowing that a win tonight would mean poleposition in the promotionrace. The game was firce from kick-off, both sides had really come to play! During the first half Petrzalka was probably the better side, but they didn't take their chanses, nor did (both sides managed to creat a couple of ccc). In half-time I decided to move some of my offensive force around to make something happen upfron - it paid off! 72 minutes in, 19 year old native Slavomir Szabo scored the ever so important first goal! After that we managed to stay in control of the game and around ten minutes later Lennarth sealed the deal with a beautiful long range shot that curved into the top corner!
Here's the table going into the Puchov-game:
As you can see, a win against Puchov doesn't mean a safe passage to promotion, however it forces them to pull on their huntingcaps and staring at the table hoping for slip-ups while we can focus on our game.
On a sidenote (and yes it is a sidenote compared to battling for promotion) we made it to the semifinals of the domestic cup. We're about to face Nitra, a top-half team of the top division, so without any pressure on us what so ever I'm hoping for an upset there.
I'll keep you posted as soon as I've played the Puchov-game!