Oltra earns ultra cheer

CD Tenerife 1 Cadíz CF 0

WITH new coach Jose Luis Oltra firmly installed, for the second time at the Heliodoro, Tenerife secured their first victory of the season in an unspectacular match.

Needless to say, the result was more important than how they played, but the home team showed maximum effort, with Nano breaking his duck, and Dani Hernández keeping a clean sheet in goal.

It means they are now out of the dreaded relegation zone, and they have secured the much-needed confidence boost they craved.

Oltra went back to the drawing board after their defeat last week, making several changes to the line-up and team formation.

He brought in Raúl Cámara, on the right side, instead of the banned Luis Pérez, and Carlos Ruiz replaced Aveldaño for a strong back-five.

Another player sacrificed was Iker Undabarrena, so that Suso could adopt a more advanced role, while Bryan Acosta and Milla formed a tandem in the midfield, with Naranjo and Nano up front.

Tenerife struggled at first with their new formation, but settled after 20 minutes and seemed more comfortable. It soon became apparent that a depleted Cadíz were happy to sit back and let Tenerife attack, in the hope of producing something on the counter-attack.

With a team like Cádiz, always so tight and tidy, and Tenerife now extremely cautious, it was no surprise that there were few

attempts on goal, apart from a couple of free-kicks and corners.

Shortly before Cervera was forced to make his first change because Marcos Mauro suffered an injury, there were good signs for Tenerife, who were stringing together some good football.

The breakthrough came in the 33rd minute when Suso broke free and pulled back the ball from the base line to Naranjo, who mis-kicked it, perfectly, into the path of Nano, who smashed it straight into the back of the net!

The home team, happy with a 1-0 lead, protected it for the rest of the first half, guarding it with zeal. Cadiz tried to react immediately and almost got an equaliser, but for a great save from Dani from an Alex Fernandez effort.

After the break, Cadiz came out with more ambition and tried to make more happen in their opposition’s goal. Tenerife kept it tight in defence, and then saw a 52nd-minute chance go inches wide from Nano.

From then on it, was much of the same with Tenerife’s back-five keeping away any danger, apart from a distant, harmless shot from Álex in the final minutes.

True, Tenerife did not create more chances to score a second goal, but their players did what they had to do, for a deserved victory.

As for Cadíz, their miserable start to the season continues without a win. In fact, it’s their worst start to a new campaign since 1994, so how long will it be before there are changes at the Andalusian club?


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