AEK 3-2 Ergotelis
Well, its been a while since weve seen our team scored more than one goal. In fact its been seven games since weve seen AEK score more than two goals and we havent seen three goals scored in one championship game since last season.
Oh well, better late than never (Im sure Blanco is saying the same thing after he finally managed to reach the top scorer position this week after scoring his goal in the Ergotelis game). We got the badly needed three points, and are now sitting fourth at the end of the first half of the season (thankfully, Aris only managed a 0-0 draw against Panthrakikos, therefore allowing AEK to pass them in the standings).
Unfortunately, Olympiakos is now getting further away from the rest of the pack after getting a narrow 2-1 win against Thrasivoulous (they were awarded a questionable penalty call in the 90th minute). PAOK only managed a 1-1 draw against Panseriakos so they now sit six points behind Olympiakos.
Now, for the AEK match. Well, it was an entertaining match, with both teams playing some good football at times. However, it was a scary match for any AEK fans. AEK early on in the 6th minute took the lead from a Rafik Djebbour goal (this was a promising start as Bajevic was promising an all offense game). However, AEK failed to take advantage of the chances that came later on, allowing Ergotelis to tie the game at 1-1 in the 35th minute (if it werent for fabulous goalkeeping from Sebastien Saja, Ergotelis could have taken the lead many times throughout the game).
Four minutes after Ergotelis tied it Blanco put another one in for AEK, after a perfectly set up pass from Djebbour (Blanco rightfully gave Djebbour the credit for this goal during his goal celebrations).
The score remained 2-1 until the 76th minute when Ergotelis once again tied the game, this time at 2-2. It looked like the game was going to end this way until the 85th minute when substitute Edinho scored when he beat the Ergotelis defence to the rebound after Kafes’ shot hit the crossbar.
Well, in the end, we came out of this game with three points. However, the fact that AEK still needs alot of improvement cannot be overlooked. This article states exactly that. Although we need alot of work, the future from now on is promising for AEK.
Some things to note from the match are 1) Basinas will not cut it as a right back. He simply does not have the defensive capabilities required. We will need a strong right back who we can trust, and one who can take some of the pressure off of Kyrgiakos, who constantly had to go and assist Basinas.
2) Juanfran will not cut it as a left back. The same can be said for Juanfran as was said for Basinas. Perhaps he might have been a better player earlier on in his career, he does not have the passing ability, or the defensive ability to cope with dangerous strikers (although yesterdays performance by him was alright, at least he managed to intercept some passes and make some decent runs).
3)The teams marking must be improved. Both goals, but especially the second one could have been avoided had the Ergotelis players been better marked. In the second goal, Budimir was left wide open and unmarked, in perfect position to score the header. There is only so much that Saja can do, and unless the defence starts helping a little more teams will continue scoring easily avoidable goals.
4)Seeing as the teams offense has finally started to click (it was only a matter of time with players such as Blanco, Edinho, Scocco, and Djebbour) the positions to look for during the January transfer window should be either in the midfield or defence.
It is important that these improvements are made quickly since the first match of the second half of the season is away, against Panthinaikos, who are currently looking very strong.
It seemed as though AEK played with a 4-4-2 formation which seemed to switch to a 4-2-4 when they were attacking.
Djebbour was awarded MVP of the match.