The Saint: Las Palmas Vs Valencia
Las Palmas entertain mid-table Valencia who last week sacked their manager, former Man. Utd and England player Gary Neville. Valencia our on a poor run of form and if the home side wins, it will lift Las Palmas above them in the league.
Las Palmas are the total opposite to their opponents, they are the in form team with another win in their last game, away to Real Sociedad, 1-0.
The home side get off to a disastrous start just 2mins in, the ball with Dani at left back, who plays back to his keeper, Varas, who tires to side foot it across his goal to Garcia but instead plays it straight to the Valencia forward Rodrigo who has the simple task of passing it into an empty net. Not the start we were all hoping for!!!
Las Palmas create there first chance in the 6th min when some good forward play setting up William but a great save by Alves denies a certain goal. With
LP pushing forward Valencia manage to beat the offside trap, but luckily for the home side, the ball is played across the box though there was no one there to finish.
In the space of 4mins, both teams pick up 2 yellow cards each and the game becomes a bit scrappy.
Then in the 38min, Willian goes down in the penalty box but nothing is given. The large crowd goes wild with anger and start chanting songs about the referee’s mother which I suspect were not very nice! No more real chances this half and the ref gets booed off at half time.
Half Time – Las Palmas 0 Valencia 1. Such a poor start to the match has left the home side an uphill battle and seems to have affected their attractive passing game, which has been so successful over the last few matches.
They are finding it hard to break down the Valencia defense and all the free kicks and stoppages are not helping the game flow. They need to be a bit more direct in the 2nd half, we have a great chance to go on and win this!!
Las Palmas start the half in more positive form, and in the 48mins Roque gets pulled back in the box and the ref gives a penalty. (All of a sudden, the songs about his mother stop!)
With Viera missing a penalty in the last match, him and Willian have a heated conversation on who should take it but in the end Viera puts the ball on the spot. He hits his soft penalty straight down the middle and luckily it goes in despite hitting the keepers legs. Las Palmas 1 Valencia 1. Great time to get an equalizer straight after half time.
Straight from the restart, Valencia sees a great effort pushed pass the post by Varas in the home goal. That save makes up for the early second minute mistake.
On 58min, LP provide the best move of the match so far, with Viera breaking down the left, setting up Willian on the edge of the box but his shot is just over. Then a min later, LP have 3 great chances to score but some great defending by the visitors denies another goal.
Good movement down the right and a great cross puts the Valencia defense under pressure, the keeper punches the ball away but Viera puts in another dangerous cross, this time the big defender tries to hack it clear but manages to find his team mate and the ball hits him on the back rebounding over their heads and into the net. Luck is clearly on the LP side tonight, Las Palmas 2 Valencia 1.
On 75mins Willian puts a great ball through to Substitute Araujo, with only the keeper to beat, but he hits his shot straight at him and the chance has gone. That should have been game over. Then in the dying moments of the match, again Araujo is put clear and again his shot is blocked. Valencia pose no real threat in the last few mins and Las Palmas end up with another good win.
Full Time – Las Palmas 2 Valencia 1.
The Verdict of The Saint – Another great win which lifts LP to 12th in the league but more importantly 8 points clear of the bottom 3 with only 7 games remaining. That’s 5 wins in 6 matches, with this kind of form, they could end up in the top half of the table which will be a great achievement considering they have been in the bottom 3 for 2/3 of the season. Again the new players stood out with centre forward Willian and Lemos in defense both having excellent games. A big crowd of 27,041 giving great backing to their team and with only 3 remaining matches at home, let’s hope we can continue with this great run.
Next home match – Las Palmas V Sporting Gijon 17.15, 16/4/16.
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