Hungry, defiant … and back!

By Colin Kirby

CD Tenerife 2 Lugo 1

HIGH Noon, and the lynch mob had consigned Tenerife players to Boot Hill after defeat at UCAM Murcia the previous week.

Main sharp-shooter Amath had been ruled out for a few weeks with an injury, and the vultures were circling the Heliodoro Stadium.

But long-term fans had faith that, even with the odds stacked against them, they would kick back like a bucking bronco.

This home success over Lugo showed again what great character and team spirit CD Tenerife have, and it boosted them back up to fourth with just five games left before the promotion play-offs.

Lugo lurked a few places behind Tenerife and still had hopes of their own. Former Santa Cruz player Iriome always likes to take on his old team and was involved in their best moves early on.

Tenerife had to be alert in defence, and full-backs Camille and Raul Camara were in top form, particularly the latter, who demonstrated why he has been given a contract extension.

The 33-year-old defender didn’t put a foot wrong all game, giving the Lugo forward a torrid time throughout.

Suso, another old war-horse, made some good openings on the right and Rachid played a mighty game in midfield.

Choco Lozano had the main striking role, but he’s not an instinctive striker like the injured Amath, and doesn’t always react quick enough.

The big revelation was Gaku Shibasaki, who played just off Choco and was buzzing all game with neat flicks and inspired passes. This was the day he won over his doubters.

Just after the half-hour, Camille broke on the left, launched a tempting cross into the goal area, and Aitor Sanz dived between two markers to head the ball home.

But the lead could have been short-lived. Lugo pressed forward, and Dani Hernandez parried a free-kick to his right, then surpassed that with a follow-up flick away on his other side. Pure class!

But with the second half just two minutes old, disaster struck. Campillo had a good shot at goal, Jorge went to clear, but his header wasn’t powerful enough and the ball went inside the post to make it 1-1. Jorge also picked up a booking, to join Alberto on suspension for the next game.

Lugo took this as a rallying call and came on strong. Dani produced another wonderful save, and, at the other end, Choco missed out with a soft effort.

Tayron, who came on for Suso, slotted in well and Tenerife got back on top again. Miguel tried to rough-up Shibasaki, but he popped back with a smile and a testing shot for the keeper.

Aaron was the last throw of the subs’ dice, on for Rachid. He slipped into his early-season form and started to roast Lugo down the left.

Then, while cutting in, Aaron thundered the ball at the post, and Choco was there to grab the winner from the rebound with 10 minutes remaining.

It was a resounding answer to the critics, and the only down side was the 12,829 crowd, which was 6,000 down on the previous home game.

Tenerife have a bit of wriggle room again, but a point at least at play-off outsiders Huesca tomorrow (Saturday) will keep Tenerife firmly in the saddle.

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