Archive for October 12th, 2015
Tight At The Back And Slack At The Front Equals CD Tenerife Draw

If Alberto’s injury time header had gone up, down, left, or right, instead of plumb at the Leganes keeper, CD Tenerife would have been celebrating a jammy 1-0 home win. But if doesn’t count for anything in football and a miserly 7,763 crowd were left to bemoan a dull 0-0 draw. Let’s not put it all on the young centre back, he had a good defensive game and there were plenty of other reasons why the revival spluttered this week.

Nano continued as the stand in striker for Choco who has continued his rich vein of form with Honduras in the Olympic qualifiers. Pedro could have set the tone for the game with an early goal but he dragged his shot wide of a gaping goal after a perfect feed from Suso but otherwise Tenerife’s game was littered with sloppy passes and a general lack of cohesion between the players. It was a blow losing Cristian Garcia with injury after 20 minutes, Ricardo replaced him, and had a dreadful game, I’ve seen broken subbuteo players spread the ball better .

Thankfully home keeper Dani was as bright as a button and was as good as an extra defender, he rushed out to clear danger with his feet and followed up with a solid low take. Raul Camara overlapped well on the right but fired wide of the target and Dani came to the rescue when Borja got in a clear shot only to see the goalie smother it. Time after time Tenerife moves broke down, Nano was struggling to make the most of pitiful service.

Pedro spurned a good chance after the break and Borja led the line for Leganes with two dangerous raids, both were dealt with by Alberto, the first shielded well for Dani to grab the ball and the second mopped up with a headed clearance. More attacking options were needed for CD Tenerife so it was an unwelcome surprise when coach Raul Agne swapped wide player Jairo for Nano after 60 minutes. The change earned some dissent from the crowd and failed to ignite the team. Suso came the closest to troubling the visiting keeper and with just 20 minutes left we hoped that Cristo Gonzalez or Tommy Martinez would be the swap for Aitor Sanz, instead we got another wide player Omar Perdomo. Highly rated Argentinian Tommy hasn’t had much chance to show his creative flair and must be picking splinters out of his rear after so much bench time.

Suddenly it was Omar overload as Leganes brought on former Tenerife youngster Omar Ramos, his recent rebuff of calls to return home and comments about returning later in his career when it suits him ensured he got plenty of unwanted advice from the crowd. Pedro thought he had redeemed for his earlier miss when he ran through to score but was called for a tight offside. Leganes had their chances to nick the game, Carlos Ruiz made a superb intervention to rob Ramos just outside the box and Borja launched himself at a free ball but directed it over the woodwork. That just left that last second Alberto header, Choco’s return can’t come soon enough but a bit more of last weeks spirit from the Almeria away draw would also be very useful.