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REVIEW SEASON 2013/14: THE MATCHES

11 Jun 2014
Complicate campaign for Depor taking in mind what happened during the pre-season. The team was close to suffer the demotion in July, but by the middle of 2014 everything was joy after clinching the promotion back to Primera.

THE PRE-SEASON
Everything was looking dark at the end of July as the team had a conflict with the players that caused a strike and even a possible demotion that was saved during the last day of the month. The first team even had to play a friendly game in Portugal only with Fabril’s players and coaches. Besides, the team didn’t left a positive impression in the matches and was completed with the reinforcements when the regular season had already began, so there were doubts with the possible outcome at the end of the campaign.

Deportivo played nine games during the pre-season stage; the Blanquiazul outfit won six of those meetings, it drew two and only lost once scoring 22 goals and allowing only 5. But these stats might be misleading, because of the rival’s level.

And it’s that six of the nine rivals were teams from lower leagues, starting with Club Lemos, a team from the Preferente Autonómica de Galicia that allowed 9 of the 22 goals scored by Deportivo during the pre-season (41% of the total).  Then, three of the rivals were Tercera outfits: RC Vilalbés (3-1), UD Barbadás (3-0) and Pontevedra CF (2-0).

There were two rivals from Segunda B, the league below Liga Adelante, and Depor had problems against these teams, because it only grabbed a 0-0 draw against CD Ourense and then defeated Real Oviedo with a goal scored at minute 85 (1-0).

On this pre-season Depor didn’t face any rival from Primera, but it played against three teams from the Portuguese Liga ZON Sagres; and the three of them were demanding exams for the Galicians. The only defeat was suffered against Rio Ave FC (0-1), a team that ended 6th on last season, there was also a meritorious 1-1 draw before newcomers FC Arouca, good result taking in mind there were only youngsters on the pitch, finally a 3-2 win over Gil Vicente, a team that only ended one point above relegation during the past season.

THE SEASON
Taking in mind the performance during the pre-season, and the fact of having a short squad, there were no big expectations on what Depor could do during the Segunda campaign. There were dreams of clinching the promotion, but there was no euphoria like it happened two years before, time when Depor was the clear favorite team to win the league. This time the competition looked harder and more equal. But the outcome turned to be the same: a promotion. A reward that, like two years ago, it had lights and shadows. The key was that Depor lived three low moments during the season and the team always knew how to reverse the situation, though with a little help by the failing direct rivals.

The league season started in a big way as Depor clinched a 0-1 win visiting UD Las Palmas, a team considered as one of the favorites to the promotion. But soon Depor demonstrated that it was going to suffer at home, this after losing the first two games at The Riazor, both with a 0-1 score and allowing a goal in a set-piece facing Córdoba CF and Real Murcia. At this point Deportivo also disputed the Teresa Herrera losing before Real Madrid (0-4).

In the middle Depor clinched a 0-3 win visiting CE Sabadell CF, which was one of the two victories by a three-goal difference during the season. The first away defeat occurred during the trip to Sporting Gijón, a polemic game that was defined with an existent penalty at the middle of the second half.

In this way Depor had lost three of the first five games on the competition, as a consequence the team was lying at the 13th position, only 3 points above the pit. It was going to be the lowest position of the Galician outfit during the season. This was the first low point on the campaign.

And Deportivo bounced back with a streak of five straight games without suffering a defeat. And the main characteristic in this short period was that Depor only leaked one goal; actually German Lux spent 459 minutes without allowing a goal, a record in this century.  It all started with victories over AD Alcorcón (1-0) and Hércules CF (0-2). Later the goalless game against CD Mirandés, a 0-1 win at Barcelona B, plus a 1-1 draw hosting Real Zaragoza. At this moment the team was already fourth at the standings, six points below leaders Recreativo de Huelva.

In this part of the season Depor played its two games in Copa Del Rey, firstly eliminating Córdoba CF in what turned to be the second longest penalty shootout in the history of Deportivo (28 penalties were thrown). Later Los Blanquiazules were eliminated by Real Jaén (2-0).

The positive streak in liga was cut with a disappointing 2-0 loss visiting CD Tenerife, however it was only a mirage as Depor were about to live their best moment on the season, spending six straight matches undefeated and winning five of those games. There was a home win against Real Madrid Castilla (2-0) that was followed by a victory visiting leaders Recreativo de Huelva (0-1). It was matchday 13 and Depor were landing at the second place, since then the Galicians weren’t going to leave the direct promotions seats.

Then the home win over RCD Mallorca (3-1) and the away victory at SD Ponferradina (0-1) allowed Deportivo to reach the first place for the first time on the season (matchday 15). The second goalless draw on the season came with the home match against CD Lugo, though later the team clinched a 2-1 win hosting CD Alavés.

And then Deportivo lived a second negative streak in liga, spending five straight games without getting the victory; the period was characterized by the injury problems hitting the team and for the lack of goals. Depor lost visiting SD Eibar (2-1), then clinched three straight draws, starting with an astonishing 3-3 hosting CD Numancia, game that closed the year 2013. The fans were content and the expectations were changing as the team was now looking as a solid candidate to promotion.

The new year started with two goalless matches against Real Jaén and Girona FC. In this way the first round was closed, with Deportivo first at the standings three points above Sporting Gijón. The second round began for Depor with a 1-2 loss at home against UD Las Palmas, it was a difficult time at the club as the coach only had 15 men available, the loss also cost to lose the leadership before Sporting Gijón. But again Depor bounced back and, thanks to the winter signings, the team secured the spot in direct promotion winning four of the next six games. This time the novelty were the late goals that helped to add valuable points.

A 0-1 win visiting Córdoba CF was followed by a 2-1 victory at home against CE Sabadell CF; then the Galicians were surprised losing in the visit to Real Murcia (1-0) and the next three games were lived at the limit, because Depor added points only after scoring late goals.

The Blanquiazul outfit was losing 0-1 at home before Sporting Gijón, result that was pulling the team out from direct promotion, but a miraculous goal in the added time –highly protested by the Asturians- rescued a valuable point (1-1). Curiously Sporting began its downturn after this game, then Depor added the three points in the next two meetings  with the winning goal arriving within the last five minutes: 2-1 at AD Alcorcón and 3-2 Vs. Hércules CF.

However SD Eibar already had begun its incredible run in the second round and was already at the top of the standings, with Depor following them closely having a 3-point gap over UD Las Palmas. A new defeat, the eighth of the season, occurred during the visit to CD Mirandés (1-0). Once again it was only a small spark, because Depor were about to live the second great moment on the season spending six games without losing, which included four victories. Now the main characteristic was to regain the strong defense that characterized the team early on the tournament, because in five of those six games the team clinched a clean sheet.

After a tasteless 0-0 at home against Barcelona B, the Galicians added a meritorious 0-1 win at Real Zaragoza, which was followed by another draw at home: 1-1 against CD Tenerife. Then Depor added three straight wins that allowed to recover the first place: 0-2 at Real Madrid Castilla, 2-0 at home before Recreativo de Huelva and 0-3 at RCD Mallorca.

It was the peak on the season at Deportivo; seven games were remaining and the Galician team had a 5-point gap with runners up SD Eibar and a 9-point difference over UD Las Palmas, team that marked the frontier with the playoff zone. There was euphoria in A Coruña for the first time. There was an optimistic feeling since January, but now the promotion seemed to be a matter of time. Then Depor, probably due to the relaxation, lived another low moment –the third on the campaign- spending five games without winning.

It started with the shocking 0-3 loss hosting SD Ponferradina, the worst defeat on the season and the worst performance of the team during the campaign. It was followed by a disappointing 2-2 draw at CD Lugo after having a two-goal advantage by half-time. It was followed by a 1-1 draw visiting Deportivo Alavés with the equalizer arriving at minute 90, then Depor dropped two more points at home after conceding a 1-1 draw against SD Eibar

At his point Depor was still the leader at Segunda, but the difference with playoff zone was reduced to only six points, and the Galician team lost the first place in the next game after losing at CD Numancia (2-1). Luckily the advantage over the chasers didn’t change as all of them failed, so Deportivo were able to secure the permanence in the next game played at the Riazor against Real Jaén (1-0). The season was closed with a 3-1 loss visiting Girona FC, a match in which only the rival was playing for something important.

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