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13 Nov 2013
The victory in Huelva meant the fifth of Deportivo playing away from home, a special mark as the team has only played seven games on this condition. The next challenge is to break the mark of the season 1996/97.

For the first time in its history, Deportivo have won five of the first seven away matches during a league season.  It’s an important mark for a centenary club and the main reason why Fernando Vázquez’s team is currently lying in direct promotion. After all 15 of the 23 points added so far (65% of the total) were clinched playing away from the Riazor.

An interesting thing is that Depor clinched a clean sheet in each one of those five victories: 0-1 at UD Las Palmas (matchday 01); 0-3 at CE Sabadell CF (matchday 03); 0-2 at Hércules CF (matchday 07); 0-1 at Barcelona B (matchday 09) and 0-1 at Recreativo de Huelva (matchday 13). The only losses came in the visits to Sporting Gijón (2-0, matchday 05) and CD Tenerife (2-0, matchday 11).

It means that Depor have only conceded four goals in seven away meetings. This is the second best mark at the club, only behind the one of the season 1993/94. It was year that witnessed the birth of the Super Depor of coach Arsenio Iglesias. At the time Depor amazed clinching eight clean sheets in the first nine away meetings only conceding 3 goals in the visit to Athletic Bilbao (3-1, matchday 11).

Still, the Depor of Arsenio Iglesias only added three wins and three draws after the first seven away matches, while on the present season Los Blanquiazules already have five victories for a total of fifteen points. It’s the same number of points on the road added during the start of the season 1996/97.

The particular thing of that season is that Depor were still undefeated at that point; actually the team of coach John Benjamin Toshack spent undefeated within the first ten visits on the league season: 1-1 at RC Celta (matchday 01); 0-2 at Atlético Madrid (matchday 03); 1-2 at Real Betis (matchday 05); 0-1 at Real Oviedo (matchday 07); 1-1 at Racing Santander (matchday 09); 1-2 at Real Zaragoza (matchday 11); 0-0 at SD Compostela (matchday 13); 0-1 at Sevilla (matchday 15), 1-1 at Sporting Gijón (matchday 17) and 1-1 at Real Valladolid (matchday 19).

The first away defeat came until matchday 21: 0-1 at Extremadura. So, that’s the next challenge of Fernando Vázquez and his players: to break the mark of 20 points in 10 away matches added during the campaign 1996/97. For this Depor would need to get six points from the next three visits: SD Ponferradina (matchday 15), SD Eibar (matchday 18) and Real Jaén (matchday 20).



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