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NOTES FROM THE GAME AT NUMANCIA

28 Apr 2019
Deportivo looked better because the players were playing in their natural position, first goal in a set-piece after three months and the earliest two-goal advantage in almost seven years.

The five notes from the game at CD Numancia:

1- The players and their natural positions: Martí was criticized after the game against Extremadura UD for not putting the players on their natural positions, now the new coach returned to basics. He presented a 4-4-2 formation pulling Edu Expósito and Álex Bergantiños to midfield, and Cartabia into the right wing, plus Borja Valle into the centre of the attack. The result was to see a team that was feeling more comfortable.

Álex was obstructing the game of the rival, while Edu Expósito was guiding with his passes (33 in the game). Cartabia was moving from the right into the centre and Borja Valle was a factor in the counterattack. With everyone on their natural roles the game turned to be easier. The only player out of his position was Carlos Fernández, but he looked great on the left wing, he even was the player with more shots in the game (4).

2- The explosive first ten minutes: The Deportivo of José Luis Marti has demonstrated to be a team that’s explosive in the first minutes of the games, because in the three matches with the new coach the first ten minutes were the moments when the Galicians looked better. In this game the impression was crowned by the fact of completing three shots on target and scoring twice (3’ & 8’). Curiously the last time that Depor claimed a two-goal advantage so quickly was in a previous game at Los Pajaritos, a 0-3 win on May 12, 2012, game in which the first two goals wee scored within the first 11 minutes.

3- First set-piece goal in three months: Deportivo have been considered as a strong team in set-pieces during this season, but the aim in these plays disappeared within the last thee months, actually the set-pieces have been criticized because instead of been providing goals it was only allowing the rivals to release counterattack due to their poor execution. In this game the second goal came after a corner-kick of Cartabia headed by Somma, it’s the first set-piece goal since Álex scored in a corner-kick visiting Sporting Gijón (January 27).

4- Nine red cards on the season: Deportivo have now been punished with nine red cards on the season, a record for the club in a singular campaign. The rules are clear and Somma saw the second yellow for connecting a rival with the elbow when he was trying to head the ball, but Deportivo felt again that the criterion of the referee was different. Escassi committed four fouls in the game and was not even punished with a yellow card, while the tough tackle of Higinio Marín over Cartabia at the end of the first part deserved more than a yellow.

5- Debut for Iñigo López: Not a good debut for Iñigo López, truly he entered the field when Deportivo were suffering the most, but he looked too slow in the play o the goal trying to intercept the header of Guillermo.

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