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28 May 2011 analyses the eight reasons why Fabril is going down to Tercera after spending just one season at Segunda B. Some are devastating issues like the nine late goals allowed by the team.

Truly it has been a disappointing season for Deportivo B; many were expecting for some tranquility as group one at Segunda was looking as an accessible challenge, at least to clinch the permanence, but some fatal errors played against Fabril and the team is going down to Tercera just one year after clinching the promotion. Now, lists the eight failures that have caused this new downfall.

Depor B was the team that allowed more goals at group one (57); and it was the fifth worst defense comparing the four groups at Segunda División B; the mark of the Galicians is only above the ones of Jumilla CF (72), UDA Gramanent (67), FC Santiboiá (65) and Yeclano Deportivo (63). All these teams got relegated to Tercera. It means an average of 1.54 goals per game, too many for a team that wants to achieve the permanence.

The true is that Ramallo never found a consistence formation for the back zone, Rochela and Seoane passed too much time at the first team, Ínsua was too young, while neither Vieytes nor Fran Gonzalez were able to inspire leadership. To make things worse the debate between Diego Rivas and Felipe Ramos at the goal, promoted by Ramallo himself, just made things more complicated.

Deportivo B was punished with ten penalties on the Segunda B season; it is true that some of them were big errors of the referees, like in the last match against CD Guadalajara, but the major part of them were caused by the innocence of Fabril’s players. In the end those ten penalties cost nine goals (the other was smashed into the crossbar).

And those goals were extremely painful as Depor B lost seven of the nine games in which the team committed these fouls, especially painful were the defeats with CD Guadalajara (matchday 19, 0-1) and CD Leganés (matchday 37, 1-2). In the first match the penalty came at the last minute, and in the second the penalty was suffered during the first minutes during the first final in the quest for the permanence.

“The matches last ninety minutes” It is a phrase commonly pronounced by football coaches, but it seems that nobody told this to Fabril’s players. Because Depor’s youngsters allowed late goals (scored after minute 75) in nine different matches, and that lack of concentration meant to lose fifteen valuable points.

And it’s that Depor B never won a match after conceding a goal after minute 75, especially painful was the goal leaked at minute 90+2 of the visit to RSD Alcala (2-2, matchday 36). The victory on that game would have secured the permanence; instead the team only picked a point and lost the following two matches, which in the end cost the continuity at Segunda B.

Another painful case was the 0-1 loss at home against UB Conquense (0-1, matchday 15). Fabril allowed a goal at minute 81, and it was expensive as in the end Conquense was the rival that ended above Fabril at the standings sending the Galicians to Tercera. Also, to mention that Ramallo’s squad earned five points thanks to the late goals, the most amazing case was the 4-4 draw with RSD Álcala, just when the team was losing 2-4 at minute 90 (matchday 17).

As it happened with the first team, the B squad of Deportivo was struck by the injuries during the season 2010/11. The main problems were in attack and midfield. Joshua missed the major part of the season due to a shoulder problem, and his absence left the attacking line with only two men: Jona and Dioni. Besides, wingers Chirri and Vela were out during some key stages on the season and complicated the formations in attack of coach Ramallo. At midfield, the groin problem of Richi was a serious issue for the team; it even forced to make two signings during the winter window.

Juan Carlos was truly the leading force at midfield, but he lacked a companion for his passes. It seemed that Dioni was a good signing for the season as he scored seven goals within the first thirteen matches and even having the chance to debut with the first team at Primera, but later he disappeared when the team needed him the most. He spent scoreless the last eight games, and Jona, the other striker at the team, only scored five times.

Tito Ramallo, just like it happened with Lotina, has been criticized by his defensive tactics. He was hammered by the media in La Coruña as his starting formations and modifications were planned to protect a result rather than to harm the rival, sarcastically his team turned to be the side that allowed more goals in the group. His most used scheme was the 4-2-3-1, but the sin of the coach was that he never found the way to make his boys feel comfortable at defense, he even tried to copy twice the scheme of five defenders of Lotina, but lost both games, though the last one was more for the robbery of the referee than for the tactical draw (1-2 Vs. Guadalajara, matchday 38).

A thing reclaimed to Ramallo was his poor management of the players at the team; nobody understood as the Pichichi on the past season, Luis Ángel, spent more time outside the pitch than on the left wing. The Canarian only played nine games as starter, while Stopira, a left-back defender commonly used on the position of Luis Ángel, never showed anything, however the Cape Verdean ended making fourteen appearances as a starter.

Another case was goalkeeper Felipe Ramos, he arrived with a five-year contract from Real Madrid Castilla, but left a poor impression, actually his errors cost the defeat in two games: 2-3 Vs Conquense (matchday 04) and 1-2 Vs. CP Cacereño (matchday 33). Meanwhile, Diego Rivas, the hero of the last promotion from Tercera, made a solid job, but was, strangely, left out of the team during some stages on the season.

Ramallo promised that his three winter signings were going to add more depth to his team, but in the end it was the opposite. Serbian defender Stefan Deak had a poor performance and spent more time sidelined due to a strange vertigo problem, while Liechtensteiner Martin Büchel never showed anything special. Portuguese midfielder Dinis was the only one worth of the chance, but it wasn’t enough to raise the level of the team and, besides, he was playing loaned from Vitória Guimarães.



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