Friday, January 21

Lights and shadows at Martínez Valero



A flattering fact that is always positive, but it has some nuances. The results of the franjiverdes in the home matches present chiaroscuro, because, of the five disputed, the Elche team has only been able to win one. The other four have ended in a draw.

Seven points out of 15 possible show a somewhat poor background that Elche must improve if they want to achieve their goal of achieving a more comfortable stay than last season.

The franjiverdes began the course with a level (0-0) against Athletic Club de Bilbao in the league debut, which resulted in a clash in which Escribá’s team deserved, per game, something more.

Later, it was Seville that visited the Elche fiefdom. The meeting also ended with a draw (1-1). But on that occasion, despite going ahead on the scoreboard, after ten minutes, with a goal from Enzo Roco, the Hispanics balanced the result, through En Nesryri, before the break and, in the second half, they had chances to to win. It was a distribution of points that satisfied Elche more than the Hispanics.

After two stakes against important rivals, in the last three games played at the Martínez Valero, the franjiverdes have faced rivals from the so-called of their particular league and only managed to beat Celta (1-0), with the lonely both scored by Darío Benedetto.

Against Levante (1-1) and last Saturday against Espanyol (2-2) the tie was repeated. Both matches were fairly close and the result can be considered fair.

On both occasions, Elche again took the lead on the scoreboard, but could not or knew how to maintain their advantage and ended up paying it.

Defensive failures

Before the granotas, Lucas Pérez opened the scoring, at 32 minutes. However, in 54, after a serious defensive error by Gonzalo Verdú, Morales managed to equalize the match. Even the Levante put the Elche team on the ropes.

Something similar happened against Espanyol. Escribá’s team again made the most difficult and Lucas Boyé made it 1-0 on the scoreboard. The franjiverdes had the game controlled, but at the beginning of the second half, again in two errors of misadjustments in defense, the Catalans turned the game around. Fortunately, Benedetto salvaged a point in the 83rd minute and allowed Elche to remain undefeated at the Martínez Valero.

The next stake at home will be an important litmus test. After playing tomorrow Tuesday in Vitoria against Alavés, the almighty Real Madrid will be in charge of visiting the Elche coliseum, next Saturday (2pm). That meeting will be different from the last ones, due to the entity of the rival. And if Elche is capable of adding and remaining undefeated at home, it would be a good result.

Making Martínez Valero a fort will be key to achieving permanence, especially against direct rivals. At the moment, the franjiverdes are getting it, but they must translate some of the draws into more victory.

An away win

Away from home, Escribá’s team has won in five games. But it was an important victory, since it took place, in Getafe, against a direct rival for permanence.

The other four stakes ended in defeat, but most of them came against teams at the top of the table: Atlético de Madrid (1-0), Villarreal (4-1), Real Sociedad (1-0) and Rayo Vallecano (2-1). In all of them, Elche competed and was close to scoring, except in the Madrigal clash, which was conditioned by the non-expulsion of Pedraza.


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