Finally Getting Underway
It was time, pre-season was finally over and at last I was able to try my hand at some proper
management. I was absolutely raring to go, but with just one match in August, coming in the Copa del Rey
against minnows Yeclano
. Safe to say the result was one to forget:
I could not believe it, I was raging at the boys as they came in through the tunnel. It was a match where we were dubbed hot favourites, and despite dominating for 90 minutes, we just couldn’t get a goal. So, unlike back home where this would force a replay, we went into extra time. I did everything I could, but with just 5 subs on the bench and only 3 allowed to be made, we tired. Fast.
Yeclano scored 2 goals early in the first period of extra time, with Gonzalo
bagging one in the 95th minute, and Buitrago
adding to our misery in the 105th. And that was it, I told the lads to attack, attack, attack
, but it was to no avail. We had lost our first game of the season, and more importantly, I had lost my first game in charge.
Nevertheless, I tried whatever I could to put that result aside, ignoring the media and their typically critical comments, and I gathered our players in the changing room before our first league match at the season. I told them that their performance last time out was simply diabolical
, and that if they kept that level of standards up, there would be consequences. I think it worked, the lads seemed motivated, some even seemed angry, hungry even for results. I knew I would get a response.
Month Of September
And boy was I right. In our first match of the season, we played a mid-table team, Guijelo
, and given our recent record I feared the worst. However the lads did not disappoint, with two goals in each half sealing the win.
Next, we came up against one of the promotion favourites, Salamanca
, away from home. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t doubt the boys coming in to the match, but boy did they prove me wrong. We were always in control of this one, even when Salamanca pulled a goal back.
However, our loss at home to Getafe B
was slightly disheartening, especially after we took the lead early on, but I can’t say we were unlucky as it was a very close game. Sergi Guardiola
, no, not Pep, scored against us and impressed so much that he is now a regular for the full Getafe team.
Our next match was up against arguably the best team in the league, Murcia
at home, and while we didn’t manage to get the win, a draw is certainly a pleasing result, especially as they did slightly edge us.
As expected, we then went on to thrash Sporting B
, with Xavi More
grabbing a hat trick and only being denied a 4th by the mercy of an own goal. A 4-1 away win is very pleasing indeed.
However, our loss away to Fuenlabrada
was, simply put, awful
. We took the lead again early on, and totally dominated in shots and shots on target, but it just seemed like every shot the opposition had went in, with Oviedo eventually succumbing to a 3-1 loss.
And that wrapped up September, a very mixed opening month; some fantastic results against top teams, but also some awful defeats against minnows. But, we pick ourselves up and move on to October!
Xavi was outstanding this month; he was unplayable against Sporting B
and also played excellently against Murcia
Month Of October
So, we kicked off October with a nice 3-2 win at home to Ourense
, in what I dubbed ”The O Derby”
. While it may look hard fought, we were always in control, with both Ourense’s goals coming after we had taken a two goal lead. Good result!
Next, we travelled to C.D. Marino
, where we yet again took the lead early on. However, they equalised just a few minutes later, and literally, nothing happened after that. Even possession and even shots show you that this one was too close to call and no one deserved to win.
Our third match of the month was away to RSD Alcala
, and once again, we took an early lead. After that though, they piled on the pressure, missing a first half penalty and finally equalising two thirds of the way into the game. We were not to be disheartened, however, as we immediately ran up the other end and scored through Diaz
, sinking Alcala and picking up a lucky 3 points.
Finally, we went back home to play Rayo B
, and honestly, this was one of the most boring matches I have ever witnessed in my life. The fans were “treated” to just one shot on target all match, and, try as we did, we just couldn’t create chances in this match. A disappointing end to the month.
So October was fairly average in all honesty, with 2 wins, 2 draws, and 8 more points on the board. Hoorah!
David had a very good month, collecting two Man of the Match
awards, being a rock at the back and also helping us up front with a goal against Alcala
So, you may be wondering where we are in the table. I wish I could show you, but as I am so far ahead, I am just trying to power through these games as fast as I can until I catch up. I promise you, in a few updates time you’ll get your table!