Tenerife drop their guard

Valladolid 2 CD Tenerife 0

By Colin Kirby

DEFENSIVE lapses reminded Tenerife that the season is a marathon not a sprint, and it was a case of laces undone at the first bend as they lost at Valladolid on Sunday.

The two opening wins still mean a better-than-expected start, and their lack of last-minute action in the transfer window was vindicated.

Jorge Saenz, on Under-21 duty with Spain, was sorely missed in the centre of defence, but at least he had resisted big-money lures from Premier clubs and stayed loyal to CDT.

The other encouraging news was the debuts of recent signings Felipe Malbasic, and Paco Montañes, late in the game.

Yet Argentine newcomer Lucas Aveldaño had a poor game as Jorge’s replacement, and his uncertainty spread along the back line, with reliable keeper Dani even having a few jitters.

Tenerife´s best play came early on, Tayron teeing up a shot that home keeper Misup grabbed, while Aitor Sanz’s effort was a little high. But Suso made a super-sharp turn to fire at Misup, who showed sharp reflexes.

There was a close call as Mata broke through to net for Valladolid after 20 minutes. But the ref called it offside in what was a really tight call.

The creative spark was missing from Tenerife’s midfield, and the full-backs weren’t overlapping, maybe because of the poor understanding between Carlos Ruiz and new central partner Aveldaño. It was like a nervous first date.

Valladolid sensed the uncertainty, and a right cross from Antonio on the half-hour found Iban Salvador, ready with his downward header at the post, with Luis Perez looking on.

That goal spread more doubt through the visitors, Aveldaño was booked for handling a ball going over his head in no-man’s-land, and the half-time whistle was most welcome.

Dani opened the second half with a juggled take of the ball before Mata provided a well-measured pass to Michel, who increased the lead after 49 minutes.

Serbian forward Malbasic replaced Juan Carlos and showed some good touches, the big, 24 year old forward holding the ball up well for his colleagues.

But Suso was fading out of the picture, wasting a free-kick straight at the home wall, and, a few minutes later,  making way for Brian Martin.

Paco Montañes, new in from Espanyol via Levante, was given his first run-out as substitute for Aveldaño, and took up position on the left wing.

He had a couple of testing runs as Tenerife tried to launch a comeback. Vitolo slung in a dipping ball, forcing the keeper to tip it over, and Malbasic fired in a good shot which was clearly handled by a defender. But no penalty was given.

Luis Perez showed his defensive prowess with a textbook, sliding intervention, and Malbasic managed a late soft shot.

But Tenerife had to take this defeat on the chin and cling to the positives.


Royal romp in Rayo

Rayo Vallecano 0 CD Tenerife 3

TENERIFE were three goals to the good in 20 minutes, and looked as though they might run up a cricket score in this Kings Cup clash on Wednesday night.

The home team steadied the ship and denied any further damage, but the victory was a great antidote to Tenerife’s  league defeat at the weekend.

The Cup has become a bit of a farce for Canarian teams because they are always drawn away, so Tenerife put out a weakened side, showing seven changes from the league match.

Carlos Abad took over in goal, and B team left-back Nahuel was given a rare start. After just two minutes, a long ball out from the Tenerife defence took a deflection off a home boot, and Juan Carlos ran through to bury the ball in the net.

Six minutes later, JC showed his divine quality again when turning, with his back to goal, and giving the keeper no chance for his and his team’s second marker.

Rayo failed to be encouraged by hesitant reactions from Carlos Abad and another silly booking for Aveldaño, this time for delaying a free-kick.

Juan Carlos turned provider after 20 minutes, slotting the ball between two defenders, and Brian Martin timed his run to perfection to score his first senior goal.

Rayo, who were stung, tried to regain some pride. Aveldaño was rounded easily for a half-chance, and Carlos pulled off a good save when danger threatened.

And there was nearly a gift fourth goal on half-time as Guera redirected a Tenerife free-kick at his surprised keeper.

Dominguez provided the only real home threat, shooting over the bar just after the restart, while Carlos made light work of a weak shot from the same source.

The home striker was lucky not to be sent off for raking the back of Alberto´s heel with his studs, but maybe the ref felt sorry for the struggling home team.

Felipe Malbasic came close to opening his scoring account for Tenerife. He worked hard and even took some of the set-piece kicks.

Longo came off the bench and unlocked the Rayo defence with a strong run and cross to Brian Martin, whose flying header deserved a goal. But he narrowly missed the target.

It was a comfortable win, and the fringe players’ performances will give coach Pep Marti some pleasant selection decisions for Sunday´s home match with Granada.

The Cup draw will be awaited eagerly as the team prepare to move in recently-uncharted territory.

But the league is by far the most important item on the agenda.

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