Torrevieja travelled to Paterna today and were again frustrated on the road.
Coach Pedreno rotated his squad once again, mainly due to injury. There was a recall for Eddy, in place of the injured Ruben, alongside Alexis at the heart of the defence. Burguillos was surprisingly preferred to Juanra in the midfield and Vicente returned from suspension, meaning Brani was restored to the wing. Cesar, struggling with a hamstring injury, was on the bench.
The first half was a scrappy affair. Paterna lined up in a 5-3-2 formation and Rafa Gomez was finding it tough through the middle as a result. The pitch at Peterna is narrow and it limited the room for Brani and Cristian to run into, often meaning that Torrevieja had one player facing five defenders. Quite often the away side were outnumbered in midfield with Vicente and Adrian reluctant to leave the safety of their own half. Jorge and Burguillos were unable to set any kind of tempo from the base of the midfield which made the decision to leave out Juanra all the more puzzling.
There was only one chance of note before the half time whistle. Oscar, like many times in recent weeks, was called upon to make a stunning double save after thirty-eight minutes.
It was the in the fifty-second minute that Torrevieja looked like troubling Paterna’s own guardian. The ball fell to Rafa Gomez on the edge of the area with the goalkeeper totally stranded. He was unable to get any height on his effort when any kind of leverage would have seen him score, and the shot was easily dealt with. Ten minutes later he had another chance, Carrasco finally finding some space and crossing to the far post where Rafa Gomez’s volley hit the ground and bounced over the bar.
Torrevieja were starting to create a few half chances by this point and it looked like they might be able to end their run of away draws. Rafa Gomez flicked on a long ball from Adrian and Carrasco half-volleyed the ball home, only to be denied by a dubious offside flag. Two minutes later, against the run of play, Paterna took the lead. A corner was only half cleared, and the ball reemerged on the left hand side of the Torrevieja penalty area. Unchallenged, the ball was rifled into the far right hand corner of Oscar’s goal. It was another example of a lack of concentration costing Torrevieja dearly.
Six minutes later they were level. Burguillos, making a rare forward pass, found Jorge on the right wing. He galloped past the full back and crossed hard and low into the middle. Rafa Gomez made it third time lucky by arriving and flicking the ball home.
Enter the returning Obele, out for three weeks with a calf strain. He was immediately in the action, providing a physical presence against the three Paterna central defenders. Carrasco put him clean through and Obele looked like he was going to make himself very popular indeed, but he lifted the ball clean over the bar. It was the chance that needed to be taken. With minutes left Brani cut in from the right on to his left foot, Obele completely unmarked in the area. The young winger opted ot shoot with his weaker foot rather than play in the centre forward, and the shot was easily saved leading to a few choice words from his team-mate.
All in all it was another two points dropped for Torrevieja at a critical point in the season. All is not lost, but with every dropped point the hopes of a play-off place become more distant.
CD Torrevieja: Oscar; Vicente, Alexis, Eddy, Adrian; Jorge ©, Burguillos; Brani, Carrasco, Cristian (Obele); Rafa Gomez. Subs (not used): Juanra, Cesar, Corello, Berna.
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