It's extremely painful when you have to watch your favourite team play as badly as Poli did today.
After a lackluster first half, in which only McKain's header was worth noting (and which I did not see, luckily I'd say) Farul came out more determined for the last forty five minutes. After mounting the pressure on Popa's goal, the inevitable happened when Nanu converted a good cross by Maxim to make it 1-0. Poli's response to the goal was inexistent and but for Artiom Karamyan's shot that was saved by Curca, no scoring chance whatsoever occured until the 89th minute. Then, in a moment of God knows what, Farul's Todoran sent a backpass that found the same old Karamyan, who easily converted the one on one with Curca to draw level. The match ended in an unfair 1-1, Poli having earned a completely unhoped for and unmerited point after a horrendous performance.
It was once again Artiom Karamyan who played the best football for Poli, running up and down the flank in his usual fashion. Although his crosses didn't really find their target, he was still better than any other of the white-violets. McKain did a decent job, as did Rusic, who came on in the second half for a disappointing Mansour. Srhoj suffered an injury rather early on and needed to be substituted, while Abiodun and Arman Karamyan (substituted Latovlevici towards the end of the match) worked hard, but achieved little.
Poli: Popa (6) - Latovlevici (5), McKain (5,5), Canu (5,5), Stancu (4,5) - Karamyan (6,5), Abiodun (5,5), Alexa (5,5), Srhoj - Bucur (5), Mansour (5) with Torje (5,5), Rusic (5,5) and Karamyan coming on for Srhoj, Mansour and Latovlevici.
Match goals here.
With three more matches to go, there is little to be done now about the poor level of performance of many players in the team. Hopefully Uhrin will know how to "weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve" in our beloved team.