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NOTES FROM THE GAME VS SD PONFERRADINA

29 Jun 2020
Luck is a factor that can influence in a game. The team had a good start, later it turned to be disorganized and the changes didn’t help, but Deportivo achieved its first comeback of the season.

1- Luck also counts: It’s hard to explain how Deportivo won a game in which it faced too many problems, and for the way the goals arrived, in the added time and after a couple of rebounds, it isn’t hard to affirm that it is one of those results in which luck was a crucial factor for the outcome. Luck is only a factor in the game, but in this opportunity it was the key factor. Also, to remember that Depor also suffered from bad luck in the past, like in the home game with CD Numancia by dropping two points in the added time (from 3-1 to 3-3 without a clear explanation).

2- The initial plan and the disorganization:Fernando Vázquez presented a 5-3-2 formation that lacked depth, but Deportivo was the best team in the first half, because it found an unexpected ally in David Simón. Luis Valcarce and Manzanera never found the way to stop him, especially when the side defender was combining with Aketxe, and the visiting side was about to pay the price in the big chance for Mollejo (26’). Later Depor became a disorganized team and the ball wasn’t arriving to the attackers, this was for the misplacing of some players, like Mollejo or Uche Agbdo.

3- The modifications didn’t work: Since the return of la liga the modifications helped a Deportivo that became a better them after shacking the bench, but in this game the changes just made things worse, because it deepened the disorganization of Deportivo. Christian Santos should have revitalized the aerial game, but instead it was him the one releasing the crosses. Meanwhile, Borja Valle was acting as centre midfielder as the coach was searching for a brilliance that never appeared. The worst part  is that Vázquez tried to replay the past game at Elche CF with Vallejo and Mollejo penetrating by the sides, but it was worthless as the changes made by SD Ponferradina closed the big lagoons at both sides witnessed during the first half.

4- The great game of David Simón: Surprising performance by David Simón in the game, maybe his best game since landing at Deportivo. He was simply a dagger on the right completing four dribbles and two key passes. He was also the second player with more passes (40) and had a decent 83% of pass accuracy.

5- Aketxe: Many people point to Emre Çolak as the Depor’s player thar could make things different, but in this game the man that marked the difference was Ager Aketxe. His performance wasn’t consistent throughout the game, but each time he attempted a dribble it was to create a scoring opportunity. He ended the game with two key passes and six dribbles, and was an important factor in both goals. First releasing the corner-kick that ended in the own goal, and later with a fascinating dribble on the left to release a cross that turned into the second goal.

6- First comeback of the season: For the first time on the season, Deportivo won a game after been trailing. In three of the last four games Depor started losing and ended rescuing points, against Real Oviedo and Rayo Vallecano it rescued a point after been losing by two goals, now it transformed a 0-1 into a victory. The previous time the Galicians won a game after been trialing was in the playoff series with Málaga CF (from 0-1 to 4-2).

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