Elche CF, the Nightmare Ends with the reappearance of Escriba
Elche CF and their fans were celebrating after their win on Saturday, although it would be true to say that we had almost forgotten how to!!!
Last weeks report ended with the resignation of Almiron and this weeks report starts with the appointment of Fran Escriba. He was welcomed back to the club with open arms (following covid distancing rules of course) and will remain at the helm of what has been a very troubled ship until at least the end of the season. Escriba was the architect of Elche's fabulous 2013 promotion campaign, and he will be joined by former captain David Generelo from that season, as assistant coach.
Right from the first whistle the Franjiverdes displayed evidence of Escriba's presence. Changes had been made to the starting line up and structure and discipline showed, with the first yellow card not being issued until the 41st minute. Eiber was without doubt the dominant side for most of the first half, launching long balls to the Elche CF goal mouth. Shots by both Sergi Enrich and Kike García, were saved by the safe hands of Edgar Badia. The game changing moment came in the 32nd minute from a short corner. Antonio Barragán sent the ball sailing into the box and Dani Calvo made a massive jump to beat his defender and deftly headed the ball into the top corner, an impossible save for Eiber's Serbian born Marko Dmitrović.
During the second half, Eiber continued to press generating several opportunities. However, the Elche defence remained calm and collected and continued working as a team. They successfully repelled the attacks, giving the normally active Badia little to do. Meanwhile, Elche players continued to pressure and goal chances were available to Boye, Pere Milla and Josan. Sadly none were converted.
The three points, the win and the breaking of the losing streak puts Elche in good stead for the coming onslaught of terror matches which will take place in the next couple of weeks. Starting with Barcelona who they will play on Wednesday 24th February. After just a couple of days recovery they will take on Granada on Sunday the 28th at 18:30 at the Los Cármenes Stadium.
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