News 22.9.2008

Galád’s Successful Substitutions in Michalovce

Ivan Galád: “I was persuading the players during the break that we would win this game.”

Besides the full portion of points, the victory in Michalovce brought a lot of other positive things. The team showed courage, firmness, and enormous desire to win. And Marek Bubenko’s last minute goal eventually secured it.

The footballer coming from Prešov came in as a sub in the second half. “I could already score in the 47th minute. Hard to say how the home defender blocked it. Fortunately, David equalized from the corner kick resulting from this situation,“ the offensive players gets back to the match in Michalovce. He also remembers every detail of the decisive moment of the game. “Their defenders were keeping the ball in the penalty area in the end. That really provoked me. I rushed in there, took the ball from Čavojský, and simply scored.“ In spite Trenčín were losing after the first half, they were only talking about three points during the break. This was also the reason why the offensive Bubenko replaced Kasálek who had more defensive tasks though. "I was persuading the players during the break that we would win this game. I was hundred per cent sure we would. This win itself however does not mean much unless it becomes a solid base for the upcoming games,“ the coach stays realistic.

Martin Kasálek did evidently not feel comfortably on the soaked ground. Moreover, he played in the left midfield and not in his favorite left defense position. “I used to play in the midfield in the past, but it was long ago plus this was my first league game after a month break. The finish of the game was very emotional also for us on the bench. It was fantastic. We already calculated with a tie, but then Bubo scored in the last minute," Kasálek depicts the feelings of the last moments of the game.

Trenčín coach was arranging his thoughts inside the stadium after the game. “We were entering the game with certain strategy. We thoroughly analyzed the rival’s play. The players were not following my instructions in the beginning. That was the reason for the early substitution. It is very unusual to make early changes in the middle of the defense, but it started working much better after the exchange,“ Ivan Galád emphasized the moment from the 36th minute. Csaba Szórád was not doing well, so he was substituted by Boris Godál. He showed a reliable and solid performance in return for coach’s trust. The duo in the middle of the defense Godál-Križko worked very well. “A coach must react immediately. No one is interested in how much we are training or preparing for a game. The football community is interested in results in the league games. It took me about five minutes to decide about Szórád’s substitution,“ the head coach explains the first-half exchange. The following course of the game showed that also the other interventions to the lineup were reasonable. Besides Bubenko whose successful substitution was already mentioned, also the third substitute’s contribution was significant. Aldo Báez came 15 minutes before the end of the game for Gergel not playing in his optimal shape.

It may sound a bit daring, but the AS players could have done even better. The first scorer of AS in the game Filip Hlohovský had the highest number of chances. "It was an important goal. I equalized right after the rival took the lead. I am sorry though that I did not succeed in the other chances I had,” the U21 national player comments on the number of missed opportunities.

Author: ms, ek
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FC Spartak Trnava vs AS Trenčín
Standings
# Team Score Points
1. ŠK Slovan Bratislava 57:14 68
2. MŠK Žilina 48:25 51
3. FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda 42:28 50
4. FC Spartak Trnava 30:32 35
5. MFK Ružomberok 28:33 32
6. MFK Zemplín Michalovce 31:49 32
7. AS Trenčín 52:43 39
8. FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce - Vráble 27:33 33
9. ŠKF Sereď 29:41 27
10. FK Senica 26:40 26
11. FK Pohronie Žiar nad Hronom Dolná Ždaňa 25:44 26
12. FC Nitra 23:36 25

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