Noticias

Pepe Mel's first game in charge at the Estadio de Gran Canaria and two changes from his first starting eleven, Fidel in and Blum dropped to the bench and Araujo (injured) replaced by Rafa Mir. Our 28th different starting line up in 30 league games (stat from @udlpdatos). Surely a record? No Juan Cala in the 18 despite returning from suspension and Mantovani has moved to pastures new in the Aragon region at Huesca as they fight for la Liga survival.
 
Las Palmas, unbeaten at home this season versus a Mallorca side who haven't won away since 1st December. So the script was written? 
 
A feeling of renewed belief after our win last weekend, was that optimism to continue or were we going to be brought crashing back down to earth?
 
Las Unión Deportiva went into the game with six possible players missing the next game through suspension v Granada. Two of those (De La Bella and Lemos) went on to get booked during the game.
 
A shaky start from the home side saw the Balaeric islanders have the bulk of the possession. It was obvious Mallorca would exploit the wings and get Lago Junior into the game early on. 
 
Having soaked up a bit of pressure De La Bella gets free down the left and puts a low cross in for Rafa Mir who somehow flicks it behind him and the ball loops into the net over the hapless Reina. The very definition of against the run of play.
 
Ten mins later and we give away a goal in typical Las Palmas fashion. Fidel, facing his own goal loses the ball on the right, a poor attempt at a challenge from David Garcia and Lago Junior slides it across to a Budimir to equalise. Offside I heard you all cry out loud at your YouTube streams and every one inside the stadium apart from the linesman saw the goalscorer was at least a yard off. 
 
Thirty mins pass before I even realise Momo is on the pitch, Ruben Castro has been ineffective and the half time whistle goes.
 
A soft free kick given away about 35 yards out and a free header for a red shirt gives Mallorca the lead. Fifteen minutes to go, any chance of an equaliser?
 
Sadly not.
 
The game ends 2-1 to the visitors. You can see what it means to the Mallorca players to go seven points clear of us and keep their hands on the last play off spot.
 
Once again though, we are left to tue poor refereeing and the blatant offside goal should never have stood.
 
Lemos and De La Bella miss the Granada game so I expect to see Dani Castellano recalled at LB and Eric Curbelo to drop in at RB.  
 
Next game, Granada v Las Palmas, Sunday 24th at 7pm UK and Canarian time.
 
I will see you all at the game versus Elche in two  weeks. Come and join me for a Tropical. Or two.