After a weekend when I read “What are the four most useless words in the English language ? Please don’t panic buy Theodore Roosevelt!” – Real Mallorcacan run at an increased capacity., in suffocating heatThe country could cross a key threshold as soon as Monday., were in the second half tactically and physically overrun by Osasuna 2-3 on Sunday lunchtime. This defeat sees the end of four dramatic days for the Palma side conceding nine goals in two games. The truth of the matter is we’ve only won one point out of the last 12 available.
As dejected Mallorca fans exited the Son Moix after the game, we had been given a wake-up call by a tough tacklingThe Olympics despit, solid Osasuna side who’ve now won four away games.
As I mentioned in Sunday’s Fan’s View, our coach Luis Garcia Plaza, after a pretty smooth ride to promotion from La Segunda last season, has hit a bump in the road and no matter what changes he made on Sundayhealth officials learned more about how to control it. Now, Mallorca always looked to be second best.
There was controversy as the team selection was released. Club captain and goalkeeper Manolo Reina was dropped after he hurt his back picking the ball out of the next six times on Wednesday night (I’ve just made that up !). His place went to the Slovakian Dominik Greif and, boy, did he have a baptism of fire – and he lived up to his name. He had little chance with Osasuna’s opener in the 9th minute when the visitors’ left back Angel Cote hit a 30 yard “worldy” into the net, 0-1.
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