Iraklis Psachnon 1-3 AEK

I only managed to watch the game from the 30 minute mark on, though from what I saw it seemed like the win never really was in doubt. It didn’t seem like we played the best we could have, though I get the feeling the players didn’t really feel much pressure throughout the match. The possession was almost 70 % in AEK’s favour, and though Iraklis had some dangerous moments, they were hardly able to apply pressure when not in possession.

Aravidis was unsurprisingly one of our best players, scoring two wonderful goals and coming awfully close to completing another hatrick when he hit the post in the 80th minute. Zoric was our other scorer, making it two games in a row where he has now scored.

Anestis had a reassuringly decent game, making a few good saves and blocking a penalty shot, though I felt like he could have handled the play leading to the penalty in a better way. Sure the play was threatening, though had he closed down the angle and forced the Iraklis player further wide, he would have had a decent chance of saving the shot.

I felt like Barbossa had another disappointing game, reminding me somewhat of when Scocco would have spells where he was far from spectacular. Unfortunately though, even when Barbossa does have a good game he never comes close to the levels Scocco would reach, and I’m starting to get a bit annoyed by this. Hes definitely a solid player when he wants to be, but he has to start proving himself a little more if he wants to keep being a part of the team come next weekend. Afterall, its not as if there is a shortage of players who would give anything to have the chance to prove themselves in his position.

After today’s and yesterday’s game, we are now a more than comfortable 14 points ahead of second placed Panachaiki, which means that if the playoffs were to start with the teams being in their current positions, AEK would start with 8 points. Reassuring of course, though Iraklis (Iraklis from Thesaloniki, not Iraklis Psachnon) would also start with 8 points. The third through sixth teams in the playoff behind AEK and Iraklis would be Panachaiki, Apolon, Olympiakos Volou, and Lamia.

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9 Responses to “Iraklis Psachnon 1-3 AEK”

  1. gtmanleg Says:

    Is it possible for AEK to clinch promotion before even playing a game in the playoff? They have such a huge lead in the standings, but I assume they won’t start with that big of a lead in the playoff. Any insight on format?

    • Good question. I can’t say for sure, but I get the feeling it isn’t really possible for us to clinch promotion. I guess in theory it might be possible, if all the teams below us drew most of their matches or some situation like that, but at the moment we have an 8 point lead, and with the few games remaining, I can’t see that lead getting much bigger than that.

  2. gtmanleg Says:

    Yeah, I have not found what the system looks like. It would be nice to go in with a huge lead and no pressure, but I suspect we will be fine either way.

  3. gtmanleg Says:

    Big if, bit if Wikipedia is correct, AEK starts with 10 points in the group and the second place team 7 before the playoff. If there are 10 games to play, that’s a pretty sizable number to start with. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014%E2%80%9315_Football_League_%28Greece%29

  4. gtmanleg Says:

    Should read “but if.”

  5. Definitely a great start! Especially considering we have some fairly tough teams to play against

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