That was probably our best chance of a home win thrown away, not just more wasteful finishing but also another silly sending off and even a schoolboy error by Sergio Aragoneses to gift Mallorca a 0-1 win.
Yes it was nice to see returning heroes forward Alfaro and coach Oltra but the big problem is here and now and we should have gone all out to plunder a poor team with a terrible defensive record. The tone was set early on with a Raul Llorente long range thunderbolt hitting the post with the goalie stranded. Ayoze set up Aridane but the keeper blocked his shot and it didn’t break kindly to Raul Llorente.
Mallorca looked weak and hesitant in the first half, Alfaro had a couple of nice touches but they didn’t make Sergio break sweat. We thought we had made the big breakthrough after 25 minutes but Aridane was offside and the goal was ruled out. Mino wasn’t inspiring in the visitors net, he needed to be put under plenty of pressure and it wasn’t coming, Suso had a decent shot which Mino could only parry but there was no follow up.
In the second half as Alfaro faded before being subbed, their main man Ximo pushed up and started to create problems for Tenerife. Suso had a passionate appeal for a penalty but the ref was right to ignore it. The killer goal should have been cut out by Llorente on the left, the lively Thomas exploited the space and put in a weak cross cum shot close to goal, Sergio seemed to have it covered but it went through his hands leaving Gerard Moreno an easy tap in.
Aday and Rivero arrived in quick succession for Tenerife with Chechu and Ros making way and Aday made some good runs down the left flank. Ayoze was again the pick of the bunch but needs to pick his shots better, he rushed one straight at the goalie. His next effort was worthy of a goal, he took the ball past the keeper and screwed a shot in from an acute angle, it meandered slowly along the goal line before bobbling off the post to Nunes who cleared it after taking a moment to realise how lucky he was. The final blow was a wild midfield challenge by Moyano that earned a second yellow and a dismissal, it was a stupid move and effectively killed off all hope of a fightback.
Next week is Ponferradina away, 5pm Sat, let’s hope the team have better luck with their plane than the Armada Sur did when our bus broke down on the motorway, it didn’t even break down near a bar – now that’s what I really call unlucky.