PAS Giannena 1-1 AEK

An extremely disappointing result today for AEK in Giannena.

Our starting lineup consisted of Saja, Araujo, Majstorovic, Arce, Juanfran, Hersi, Guerreiro, Jahic, Manduca, Nemeth, Pavlis.

I can’t comment much on the first half since I could only watch the second half, but from what I heard we saw some decent passing from the team. Manduca apparently missed some great chances and should have scored a hat-trick. I did not hear much about Pavlis or anyone else for that matter so I will assume they played a good game in the first half, but the comments about Manduca were generally pretty negative. I don’t know about Manduca. One week he plays great, the next he is a disappointment.

As for the second half, I saw some good things from our team, but unfortunately, good will not win us a championship. We need to be the best possible and there is still so much we can improve on. Our passing in the second half was good for the most part, but other than that we were not a great team. Our finishing was quite poor, and at times incredibly unlucky (we had two posts from the same play!). Unfortunately, if we can’t finish against teams like Giannena, we are not going to get the three points we need from games like these. Perhaps we will be a little more dangerous up front with the addition of Scocco next week.

We gave the Giannena players far too much space to run and make plays. They had all the space and time they needed and none of our defenders seemed in a hurry to shut them down. Fortunately, we were tighter in front of the goal but when we come up against stronger strikers that may not be the case.

Overall, it was not a horrible performance from our team and in the past we had seen much worse. And it must be said that Giannena will be a tough stadium for any team to play at, as it has always been in the past.

We scored first, early in the second half, but we could not score anymore goals, as has been the case in out other two Superleague matches so far this season. And as Im sure most of you know, 1-0 is not a safe score. For example, Levadeiakos were winning 2-0 today and Ergotelis caught up and tied the match at 2-2.

Later on in the match a Giannena player recieved a red card but things werent changed a bit. Instead, Giannena tied the game on a poor mistake from Arce.

Many are questioniing Bajevic’s tactics and substitutions today however I believe the only people who were to blame for the result today were the players for not trying hard enough for another goal. We’ve seen this before, and unless we see the players try harder, push more for that extra goal, we will always be stuck at 1-0.

I’ll try to post more later, as well as a video when they are available. Anyone who saw the whole match please add your comments as well!

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One Response to “PAS Giannena 1-1 AEK”

  1. Very dissapointing result,considering we had the match “in the bag”.It was a very dfferent AEK that started today’s game from what we’ve been seeing recently.No Blanco,Leonardo(rested)Scocco(suspended).Bajevic started with the diminutive Pavlis up front and in truth he had little impact.Nemeth,playing just behind was dangerous and he set up Pavlis or Manducca(not sure) 1 0n 1 on the 1st half,with the ball ending up in the stands.Roger Geriero,played the creative midfield role and he does possess some lovely ball controll and passing ability.He will become a great player for AEK once his fitness gets better.Manducca,like iv’e said in the past,is way 2 hot and cold for me,in particular his defensive work on the left hand side is quite poor and it was here where the problems were coming from as Araujo playing right back has been our best player since joining us.Hersi looked ok,some nice touches and will be better “for the run”.Apart from the massive chance that Nemeth created,the 1st half was poor,considering there’s afew new faces,probably to be expected.
    The second half saw Bajevic bring on Blanco for Pavlis and immeditely we looked more dangerous.He and Nemeth were starting to work well together and not long after Manducca found Nemeth inside the box with a beautiful “through” ball which Nemeth took on the run “1st time”,finishing with aplomb.Once we took the lead,our players fell into a “counter attack”style,instead of the “pressure” game we had apllied in the early stages of the 2nd half and which was working well as PAS kept on loosing the ball to us, in good positions.With more room our players were now “chasing” the ball instead of controlling it,which meant we got tired earlier than we had in mind.It was here i beleive Bajevic did make an error(i do forgive).Gerriero and Hersi were starting to show “heavy”legs and both should have been substituted particlarly Geriero.Instead Bajevic took off Nemeth and this made the PAS defenders ecstatic as they now didn’t have to deal with the threat of his pace.Bringing on Kafes and going “defensive”,for me,sent out the wrong message.
    So what happened next,10 minutes to go and one of their players,Dimbala,receives 2 yellow cards in the space of a minute and gets sent off.GAME OVER.Or so we all thought!Within 20 seconds of this,i kid you not,a seemingly pointless ball over the top from them becomes extremely dangerous when Arce and Majstorovic got tangled up,with the former’s header going straight to their now unmarked striker and he made n mistake from 6 yards.Comical stuff,yet we’ve come to expect that lately.Throw in the 2 posts we had at the end from the same “play” and it becomes a sick joke.Well,the big derbies are now upon us,Olympiakos Wednesday night,Pao on Sunday!

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