AEK 1-0 Thrasivoulos
The club from Fylis who came back from a 3-0 defecit to tie AEK 3-3 earlier this season almost got away with a another draw, this time at OAKA. However, youngster Panagiotis Tachtsidis came to the rescue in extra time and salvaged the three points for AEK.
Tachtsidis, who is only 18 (he scored on the eve of his 18th birthday) years of age, scored two goals in the Greek Youth team’s 3-1 victory over Germany earlier this week. His good form continued today after he came on as a substitute for Manduca in the 62nd minute and ended up rescuing AEK.
Overall, it was not AEK’s best game. One major weakpoint of this game was passing. The passes made by AEK players were very easily intercepted by Thrasivoulos players throghout the match, which seemed to be due to the fact that two fo our main midfielders were missing for this game(both Nsaliwa and Kafes were out due to cards). Hopefully this problem will be resolved in time for the Cup game against Xanthi later this week. If not, it will be very hard to create chances for the offence, and we will have to rely on long individual runs or high crosses in order to get the ball into Xanthi’s box. If our passing is as weak as it was yesteray when we face Xanthi, they will certintly take advantage of the loose balls.
Our defence yesterday was generraly reliable and strong, with both Kyrgiakos and Majstorovic doing the best they could in every situtation. However, we were vulnerbale to attacks from the sides. Koutromanos played right back while Georgeas covered laft back (Juanfran was also out for this game) but they could not always control the Thrasivoulos forwards who sometimes managed to get by into the box. Fortunately for AEK, Thrasivoulos rarely managed to create any significant chances.
AEK managed to create some good chances but the forwards never manaaged to capitalize, and this continues to be a problem. AEK fans are a long way from seeing the regular 4-0 games that we saw so often last season. Even with two of the most dangrous strikers in the league up front (Blanco and Djebbour) the chances are constantly being wasted. Even opportunities on open nets last night were thrown away. Unfortunately for AEK, Edinho had to sit this game out due to cards, so our regular saviour could not save us last night.
I think Bajevic should have considered playing someone like Pavlis or Burns up front from the start rather than Blanco. The Argentinian seemed distracted, as if he could not concentrate on the task at hand. He rarely misses a game so perhaps a day off would do him some good. If not, then I cant see his form improving any time soon. He simply hasnt been in scoring form for the past couple of months.
In the end we got the result we needed and now have to look forward the Xanthi game. The Cup should be our top priority at the moment because there is still a good chance we can go far in it. However, Bajevic will have to focus on some key aspects at the training sessions if we are to advance to the semi-finals and, eventually, the finals.
A report and video can be found here.
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