With a 3-0 win on Inter's turf, before the match against a team currently on a relegation spot, everybody was thinking: "Will they score 6 again?" But instead we got one of the most pitiful matches seen in a long time.
The starting line-up was standard as far as the players go. But the actual displacement was a bit wierd with Parks and Goga being pulled down on the flanks, right and left, respectively. This match was also the debut for Cociș under the violet colours, in attack, alongside Magera, surprisingly as everybody, even Sabău, said that he would most likely cover the left flank. And it wasn't a spectacular debut, showing that he is not in touch with the team, struggling to find his place on the field, and his teammates.
It is difficult to say which team was clumsier, but at least that says much about Poli's performance. In the first half there were only two really good opportunities. First a free-kick from Goga, deflected with the head by Parks, but over the bar. Second, Bonfim showed his skill on the right side, outsmarting his opponents, got a good run down the goal line, but instead of finding a free teammate in front of goal, decided to shoot from a closed angle, of course, hitting the goalkeeper once, and again on the rebound.
The team was barely creating anything, as the two defensive midfielders were way too low, and the attackers didn't bother to come down to receive the ball, leaving a big gap in the middle. Sabău acted at half time, introducing Ionescu in place of Parks. But the hostilities were delayed for the last 20 minutes, when the game got more aggitated. Until then, the visitors got more courageous, and their passes started to connect, taking advantage of the free spaces in our defense. This lead to the biggest chance of the match, when an attacker was found well by a cross, but his diving shot met the bar!
Poli retaliated with a good shot from Ionescu, but deflected by the keeper, ex-Poli player Marius Popa. Mansour, who came in for the last 10 minutes of the game, quickened the game, leading to more action in the box, but he couldn't connect with ball after a cross from Kozak in front of the goal and the score remained a disappointing 0-0.
Few players are worthy to be mentioned. Perhaps the best was Alexa who showed good ambition, making some good tackles upfield and giving good passes to his teammates, but his efforts for construction weren't enough. The three substitutes lightened up the game a bit. Ionescu, besides the shot had a great opening for Goga, but the latter was on a terrible day. More than once he couldn't get past his opponents, proving once and for all that he is not a replacement for Gigel Bucur.
All is not lost, but we have to change this situation because we are terribly close to losing the top spots, and a few more lost points could prove fatal. If we cannot beat the big teams, we should at least prove ourselves against the small ones.
Poli: Pantilimon (5,5) - Bonfim (5,5), Mera (5,5), Luchin (5,5), Sepsi (5,5) - Parks (5), Alexa (6), Bourceanu (5), Goga (4,5) - Magera (4,5), Cociş (4,5)
Ionescu (5,5) for Parks (min 45)
Kozak (5) for Cociş (min 66)
Mansour for Bourceanu (min 82)