OKAN UDO – Antep weathers Storm using Trabzon weapon

Antep weathers Storm using Trabzon weaponWeek 24 was dramatic, even tragic, for some Spor Toto Super League heavyweights.And midtable Gaziantepspor crowned it all by beating visiting six-time champion Trabzonspor, aka the Black Sea Storm, 2-0 at Kamil Ocak Stadium on Monday night.

The interesting thing, though, was that Okan Burukand#39s Antep accomplished this feat using Trabzonsporand#39s own weapon: set pieces.This was a week that championship-contender Galatasaray dropped two precious points after a heartrending 2-2 home draw with Istanbul BaIakIehir on Saturday and defending champion Fenerbahe fared even worse the next day, going down 2-1 to GenlerbirliIi in AnkaraThe biggest beneficiary of week 24, therefore, was BeIiktaI, which crushed Kayseri Erciyesspor 5-1 at home on Sunday and was rewarded with sole possession of the top spot in the 18-team standings.

Shot with own gunGaziantepspor on Monday showed Ersun Yanal and his Black Sea Storm what it feels like to get shot with their own gun. Trabzonspor is a set-piece specialist and the team has scored several goals this season from dead ball situations — with dead ball genius Mehmet Ekici at the center of it all.

But on Monday, the Storm was clearly on the receiving end.Antepand#39s first goal in the 34th minute came from a corner kick taken by Brazilian defensive midfielder Joao Vitor Lima Gomes, or simply Joao Vitor, and then 22-year-old-defender BarII YardImcI slammed the ball into the back of the net following a goalmouth struggle.

Trabzonspor coach Ersun Yanal was lamenting once again. andldquoThe only reason we lost was because we lacked fighting spirit, and you canand#39t win matches if you play like this.

You need to develop a winning attitude in order to win, but that quality wasnand#39t there [on Monday],andrdquo he added.The second goal in the 81st minute also came from a dead ball situation, this time from a free kick outside the Trabzonspor box.

Antep striker Muhammet Demir blasted the ball through the Stormand#39s defensive wall, beating Trabzonsporand#39s gigantic keeper Hakan ArIkan, who tried desperately to claw the ball out, but whose efforts proved futile.andldquoWe knew that Trabzonspor has scored goals from dead balls in recent weeks,andrdquo Gaziantepspor coach Okan Buruk, himself a former Galatasaray and Turkey midfielder, said after the match.

andldquoTherefore we practiced hard [throughout last week] on dead ball situations and succeeded in striking them with their own weapon,andrdquo he noted.Trabzonspor has acquired more players this season than any other team in the league.

It fired Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic and andldquorehiredandrdquo Yanal. But the Storm, without a league championship since 1984, is currently placed a distant sixth in the standings — trailing leader BeIiktaI by 14 points.

Worse still, it stands to lose the race against Istanbul BaIakIehir and Bursaspor for a spot in the UEFA Europa League next season if it cannot turn the tide in its favorNo one associated with the Storm is happy at the moment, to say the least, and Deputy Chairman Ali Uzunay blasted the players via Twitter: andldquoThese fans, this administration and this chairman do not deserve this. There was no fighting spirit in one of the most important matches of the season woe to you,andrdquo he tweeted.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman