After the draw away at Kayseri last week I thought the team may be able to take that performance and build on it and win the Besiktas match. Well I was wrong, the team played badly, with the exception of Ufuk and Lucas Neill and tamely lost at home 2-1. Of course the selection of Cuneyt Cekir as the referee should have set the alarm bells ringing as he has a history of finding it hard to give decisions in Galatasary's favor and we were not to be disappointed in this match.
First off was the penalty, which was rather soft. What it did show is that Ali Turan is not quick enough to be the right back. If he was faster then he could have at least attempted the tackle outside the box but once he was committed Holosko was already heading grasswards even before the contact. So penalty???? And if that was a penalty there were at least two that should have been given to GS later in the match, especially when Kewell was taken out, but surprise, surprise none was given.
The issue I have greater problem with though was how Hilbert stayed on the pitch, after he was yellow carded he seemed to be allowed to do whatever he wanted and could not be given a second yellow even for worse tackles than the one that earned the yellow!!!!
Anyway, overall we probably did not deserve to win as we seem unable to score goals this season in the absence of Baros. Pino runs alot but is not a natural finisher as he has shown numorous times in the last few matches, and why was Mehmet Batdal even bought, he is worse than useless.
So only 3 more matches until the winter break but if this form continues we are going to be closer to the relegation positions rather than the Europe positions which would be an embarrassment after building such a nice new stadium.