Archive for February 7th, 2010
More away day gloom for CD Tenerife in 1-O loss at Osasuna

I change my socks at least once a season – even if they don’t need it, so why can’t CD Tenerife coach Oltra change his tactics. Another game with Nino stuck up front on his own, Alfaro lurking somewhere back in midfield, and no punch in front of goal. What a surprise, we lost 1-0 at Osasuna, still no away win this season, and firmly embedded in the relegation zone.

The pack remains the same after the transfer window was untouched by CDT, the least we can do is shuffle what little we have to break a formula that just doesn’t work. The first home game of the season saw CDT beat Osasuna 2-1Â but it never looked likely today, if it hadn’t have been for the dependable Sergio Aragoneses (above) in goal, Osasuna would have won by a bigger margin. They came out blazing Padiani hit the post in the first minute but was offside, Aranda shot wide a minute later and Sicilia made a timely interception a few minutes later with the dangerous forward in a good position. The former Birmingham City player came back for more with a sizzling long range shot that Aragonoses turned aside.

Tenerife got into the game, Alonso shot at the home keeper and later blasted a hard shot wide but in between Luna had to spare Sicilia after gave away the ball and Sergio was decisive running out to deny Masoud, and followed that by taking the ball cleanly as Pandiani bore down on him. Alfaro tried a weak chip, and Ricardo hammered a long shot wide, but for much of the time Nino was again isolated.

Just after the break, the winning goal arrived, Camunas put a good ball in from the right to find Aranda, he placed his shot as Manolo ran back to intercept it, but he was too slow and when he tried to hook it away, it was already in the goal. That sparked a brief flurry from Tenerife, Alfaro hit the target but was offside, Nino got the ball well up the field and held it up, but by the time Kome had arrived to help him, the defence had closed in on him. Alfaro pounced on a half clearance from Nino to shoot wide but Aranda came closes to scoring with a hard shot that brought the best out of Sergio again.

At least we got to see Omar back in action, on as a 70th minute substitute but even a draw was beyond Tenerife, Nino could have had the last word, instead his shot sailed by the home post. And so the pressure builds, next Mondays 8pm home game with Mallorca is vital to get Tenerife back on track, or it could see coach Oltra becoming a hot dog seller at Santa Cruz Carnaval. In the meantime he might like to look at Airan who scored 2 more goals for the B team in their 3-0 win over Leganes, taking his tally to 25.