Cursing My Luck
And so we return to the games, to the excitement, the nervousness and the frustration of matchdays. But mostly
, the frustration!
We had some tough fixtures ahead of us, and I could only hope that fate
would carry us through.
Month Of January
Another shaky month in all honesty. We began with a trip to overachievers Marino
(not to be confused with that other club in this league, C.D. Marino
). I expected a tough game, and got exactly that, but for once I left the ground happy with a draw. Espina
had Marino two up inside 25 minutes. Diego Cervero
pulled one back for us, but on the stroke of half time Marino got their third, courtesy of Juanma
. However, we rallied in the second half; Cervero
adding his second of the game from the penalty spot on 78 minutes, but I surely thought it was too late. However, I was proved wrong, as Javi Casares
struck late to snatch a draw for us. Perhaps undeserved, but I couldn’t fault the boys’ efforts.
Next, we travelled to Guijelo
, the team we hammered on the opening day of the season. It was a slightly tighter affair this time, with just one goal separating the two sides, but I was happy enough to get a win. Javi Cantero
and Diego Cervero
scored for us, sandwiched between a Nanizayamo
equaliser for them. 3 points in the bag!
Next, we returned home to play title contenders Salamanca
, who we had amazingly beaten away earlier in the season. However, on this occasion it was not to be, as Salamanca reaped their revenge on us. Two goals in as many minutes from Igor
put them in control. Pepe Diaz
replied for us almost instantaneously, but the scores would remain the same until the 77th minute, when Rodriguez
sealed it for Salamanca. Again, we responded quickly through a Ladero own goal
, but I knew the game was over. Another nice comeback was not on the cards on this occasion, but I wasn’t too concerned by this one.
Our final game of the month was away to Getafe B
, who had already shocked us at home at the beginning of the season. I thought another poor result was on the cards when Qasmi
put them in front early on, but we held strong in the second half and nabbed an equaliser through Hector Simon
. The scoreline stayed the same, and we had succumbed to yet another draw.
January Player Of The Month: Diego Cervero
Although there were no real standouts in what was a relatively poor month for us, we can have Diego Cervero
to thank for providing us with crucial goals. The striker, somewhat of a legend at Oviedo, was the clear winner of the January player of the month, no doubt pleasing a certain P-Kiddy!
Month Of February
Perhaps the most confusing month of my short career so far. It began regularly enough with a routine 1-0 win over lowly Sporting B
. Of course I would have liked to have put a few more goals past them, but I’ll certainly take a one goal win, our solitary goal coming courtesy of Galder Cerrajeria
’s second half strike.
The next result was disappointing, yet expected, as we found ourselves up against runaway league leaders Murcia
. Two goals inside 20 minutes from Carnicer
looked to have sunk us, until Fode Mansare
fired in a free kick on 35 minutes. However, any glimmering hopes of a comeback faded when Casto
scored a freak own goal
to make the score 3-1. Not too bad in all honesty, but still disappointing nonetheless.
Next came the chaos. Dubbed an easy win, our game at home to Fuenlabrada
proved to be everything but. Aleman
scored early on from a corner, and that was it for the first half. I was still quietly confident we could get something out of this game, however, then disaster struck. First an error by Casto gifted Pachon
a goal, but just five minutes later Ramos
had added a brace. I was simply shellshocked. We had lost an easy
home game by four goals and dropped out of the playoffs. I was horrified.
As if to rub salt in the wound, over the next week I would accumulate 5
first team squad injuries, with Casto, Lucien Owona, Sene, Xavi More
and Nahuel Menendez
all picking up major injuries, each out for at least a month, meaning due to the league’s idiotic registration system (where a maximum of 22 players can be registered), couldn’t fill a bench, instead relying on youth players and praying I wouldn’t need them. I couldn’t believe my luck, I refused to attend any press conferences and even thought about resigning.
By the time we travelled to Ourense
for our next clash, I had lost all hope. I feared defeat, in fact I feared more of a cricket score, with many backups out and given our awful form. Then, to my sheer disbelief, we won. Not just by the odd goal either; 6 goals to 1
. I couldn’t believe it, I was cursing my wicked luck. Simon
scored just before half time to put us ahead, before Pepe Diaz
scored a brace, Sene
(This was the match he picked up his injury) added a rare goal and even Fode Mansare
got on the scoresheet, the rout finally concluding in a second for Simon. Martinez
scored a late consolation for the home side. It was incredible, we had gone from the lowest of the low to dream land. However, we were not to get carried away, we still had much work to do to get back into the play-offs, and hopefully stay there this time.
February Player Of The Month: Fode Mansare
Perhaps no one deserved player of the month after such a topsy-turvy
month, but if I had to give it to anyone, it would have to be January signing Fode Mansare
. An admirable performance against Sporting B was followed up with our solitary goal against Murcia. Sitting out of the horror defeat to Fuenlabrada (perhaps a sign), Fode returned to the team with a goal in the rampant victory over Ourense. The first two of many goals for the club, hopefully!
After the most up and down month ever, we sit just outside the play-off places. Hopefully a good run of form can be coupled with a slump from Zamora
and we can sneak in ahead of them.
After all, fate is such a funny thing