RACHEL – Canaries need focus to deal with enigmatic Mersin

Canaries need focus to deal with enigmatic MersinAs it goes out to its home match against Mersin Idman Yurdu on Saturday evening, Fenerbahe must keep in mind that there are just three weeks to go before the end of the first half of the Spor Toto Super League season and they are still not on the top.It always scandalizes the Yellow Canaries when they are not leading.

They were just two points behind the league leader and one behind the runner up going into week 15, so they will be focused on rectifying that minor problemAnd the Istanbul giants must remain focused for their match with Mersin. Normally Fenerbahe is untouchable at league matches at home, but Mersin will put up a solid fight.

andldquoOur only goal in the Fenerbahe match is to come away with a point or points. We know that our opponent is strong on its own pitch, we realize all of that,andrdquo coach RIza alImbay said.

andldquoWe will play thinking about winning, just like we did in the Galatasaray match. We want to make good use of our chances,andrdquo he added before launching into a diatribe about referees in Turkey tending to favor big clubs.

alImbayandrsquos men put up a spirited fight against runner-up and ultimate Fenerbahe rival Galatasaray last weekend, but ultimately lost 3-2 due to an own goal by midfielder Guven Varol, who also scored Mersinandrsquos first goal in the eighth minute.The small team from the south has managed to cling on to sixth place despite not winning since a 2-0 victory over Sivasspor in week 11.

The team is hungry for victory at any cost, no matter its opponents.Mixed messagesBut Fenerbahe is unlikely to mess up so poorly as to lose at home to a much smaller club.

Ismail Kartalandrsquos men are exceedingly fit, with the exception of Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike, who suffered an injury in Fenerbaheandrsquos Ziraat Turkish Cup match on Tuesday.Fenerbahe failed to defeat the lower-league contender AltInordu on Tuesday, despite it being at Iukru SaracoIlu.

Fielding a young squad, the Canaries made a late comeback to end the match 1-1, which just goes to show that no club is invincible. Meanwhile, Mersin Idman Yurdu was defeated by Centone Karagumruk in its Turkish Cup encounter this week.

andldquoThe result may be upsetting for us, but this match also gave us a lot,andrdquo alImbay said after the loss, noting that he had focused on playing younger and less experienced players than he would have in a league match. andldquoIt was good for use to see our players as well,andrdquo he added.

Fenerbahe must keep an eye on Guven Varol, plus forward Sinan KaloIlu and midfielder Oktay Delibalta, the clubandrsquos two most prolific scorers this yearandldquoThe Fenerbahe match is coming. We are playing two strong clubs one after the other and both of them are away,andrdquo Sinan said.

andldquoI do not think we will make the same mistakes we made playing Galatasaray in the Fenerbahe match. I think we are going to earn a better result with a better game,andrdquo he added.

However, the Canariesandrsquo weapons are far more powerful, particularly Senegal striker Moussa Sow, even if he has suffered a bit of a drought lately. Fenerbahe has impressive goal distribution, ensuring that anyone on the pitch is liable to take a good shot on goal.

That and the depth of the Fenerbahe squad will make it very difficult for Mersin to fulfill their goal of earning some points on Saturday. But anything is possible.

The match kicks off at 7 pm at Iukru SaracoIlu Stadium in Istanbul. The referee is Bulent YIldIrIm Earlier in the day, fourth place Istanbul BaIakIehir hosts Kayseri Erciyesspor in its new Fatih Terim Stadium at 4 Kardemir Karabukspor welcomes dead-last BalIkesirspor for a match at 1:30.

Trabzon thrashes Manisaspor in cupMidfielder Soner AydoIdu hit a hat trick and Paraguay forward Oscar Cardozo and co-striker Abdul Majeed Wari of Ghana scored a brace each as Trabzonspor, aka the Black Sea Storm, crushed visiting second division side Manisaspor 9-0 in a one-sided Ziraat Turkish Cup Group B game at Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium on Thursday evening. Gaziantepspor and Tuzlaspor shared the spoils after a 2-2 draw in Group ATrabzonspor scorers were: Soner in the 13th, 46th and 49th minutes Cardozo in the 36th and 72nd striker Serdar Gurler in the 53rd Warris in the 54th and 79th and left back Ishak DoIan in the 69th.

andldquoIt was indeed a resounding victory, but we have to display our philosophy in every match,andrdquo Trabzonspor coach Ersun Yanal said. Istanbul Todayandrsquos Zama.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman