The Saint: Las Palmas V Getafe
Just a couple of weeks after relegation was confirmed with a home defeat against Alaves the fans are certainly voting with their feet and staying away from the Gran Canaria Stadium. This must be the lowest numbers I’ve seen in my 10 years of coming to see UD Las Palmas play, this time against European hopefuls Getafe.
LP win another corner on 8mins and this time a good header is produced by Gálvez but it hits the bar and bounces away to safety. Unlucky there.
Another good break forward by Halilovic but his shot is blocked. A good start here by the home side.
With such a small crowd it feels like a practise match but the home side are playing the better football.
On 40mins, a great chance for the Yellows with Nacho shooting over from 12 yards when he should have done a lot better.
Las Palmas are keeping it tight at the back for once and the away side haven’t made our keeper make even one save.
The Saint Verdict – a much improve performance by the home side and they are unlucky not to be winning. With Getafe playing for a Europa league spot , they are not putting the home side under any pressure and look a poor side. But we know how quick things can change !!!
Just after half time around 200 of the “Ultra” fans arrive, refusing to watch the first half in protest against the owner. At least they brought some atmosphere into the stadium.
2 good chances for Las Palmas but both shots are blocked. From the resulting corner again Gálvez makes a good shot which again unluckily this time hits the post.
More pressure from the home side in the 59th minute but the resulting appeals for a penalty are waved away by the ref.
65 mins, and a good ball puts Calleri in on goal, he tries to get the ball back on to his right foot but his shot is blocked.
3 minutes later and the first real chance for the visitors. The ball played through & the centre forward is clean past the defence but the LP keeper comes out quick and makes a good block.
75 mins and another quick break by the visitors which looks offside, ball crossed in the middle and somehow they miss from 6yards. A good run follows and a shot by the Angel which he sees crash against the bar. The game is opening up now.
82mins , good play by LP, finds Jairo in space inside the box by the keeper makes a great save.
With just 3 minutes before full time disaster strikes, poor defending gives the ball away and Angel slots it home from close range. 0-1
The Verdict of The Saint – a typical game for Las Palmas , played ok, had good chances but failed to take them and then a lack of concentration at the back let Getafe score, losing the game which in my opinion they should have won. With only one home game remaining now, it’s been a long season for the fans but will even less of them turn up in 2 weeks time!!?