Mallorquinista: Daylight Robbery
Now TOTN Online is back, so too is our football column, The Mallorquinista where Charles Nutter takes us through all the highs and lows of our local Club, RCD Mallorca.
Real Mallorca were robbed of two vital points last Sunday 21st October in a 1-1 draw with Extremadura. The visitors are at the wrong end of the league and came with a game plan to frustrate their hosts and try and snatch a point which they ultimately did. Their methods were questionable to say the least. From the first whistle they had ten men behind the ball leaving star striker Gallego to plough a lonely furrow on his own up front. They adopted a physical approach to contain the creative Mallorca players and received three bookings before the break. The islanders struggled to break down the stubborn resistance of the team from South West Spain bordering on Portugal. After the half time interval head coach Moreno shuffled his pack and striker Stoikhov made an immediate impact. He threaded a pass to Salva Ruis who crossed for an unmarked Aridai to score easily and continue his recent good form. When Extremadur’s Aitor received a second yellow card and was sent off that seemed to be game over. However as football fans worldwide know a 1-0 lead is never enough. Midfield maestro Salva Sevilla had probably his worst game in a Mallorca shirt and the visitors kept pegging away. Two minutes into injury time they were awarded a penalty after a melee in the area and equalised. To add insult to injury Mallorca substitute Baba was sent off for a wild and reckless challenge with seconds left on the clock. Maybe it is testament to the progress made by Moreno’s team in the last 12 months that visiting teams should come to the island with such a negative attitude. Pretty it certainly wasn’t. Sadly central defender Martin Valjent was admitted to hospital after the game for observation. The Slovakian International on loan from Italian club Chievo to Mallorca suffered a “strong blow to the kidneys”.
The team have a chance to make amends this Saturday 27th October in a successive home game, this time against Las Palmas with a 6pm kick off. The last home game against a side from the Canary Islands saw Mallorca thrash Tenerife 4-1 and fans are hoping for a repeat performance.
Yet another home game takes place on Wednesday 31st October when the islanders take on La Liga side Valladolid in the Copa del Rey. 8.30pm kick off.
On Sunday the 14th October Mallorca fell to a 1-0 defeat at Granada in a very even game in Andalucia, the only goal was scored by a wonder strike from Alex Pozo in the first half. Statistics show that was the only attempt on goal by the home side. Mallorca created many opportunities but lacked the killer instinct. La Liga 2 is extremely tight and competitive and chances must be taken. The good news is that striker Sergio Buenacasa is nearing full fitness. He was signed in the summer as a potential regular scorer but was injured in pre-season training. He is hoping to join the first team squad in a matter of weeks and finally make his mark.