Real Murcia lined up with :
Mario Marín - Luciano - Gotor - Góngora
Isaac - Juan Aguilera - Carles (Álvaro Cámara 68') - Abraham Noé (Pedro 58')
Chando (Kike 81') - Cañadas
The game was difficult......difficult for the spectator, as there wasn't much exitement. I think overall Real Murcia deserved to go through, we hit the woodwork 3 times, the impressive Cañadas twice from free-kicks, but the real hero of the tie was goalkeeper Dani Hernandez. In the last minute he made a great point black save to keep us in the cup, and then went on to save all 3 pentalites he faced - Can Iñaki Alonso leave him on the bench on Sunday after such a display?
Positives : Dani Hernandez, magnificent in goal, Aguilera again cool in possession in midfield, Cañadas is very classy - how he hasn't played in a higher division, I don't know. Camara is a no nonsense player who will give rivals hell.....
Could do better : Chando....looks out of touch. Maybe due to missing part of the pre-season, and the speculation over his future.
Puertollano : Only 3 road hours in the Guiricar, all motorway. Some ridiculous comments from their supporters mixing water politics and football, and shouts of "Cartagena Cartagena", but in general fine. Small stadium, only 2,500 at the game.
We play Oviedo away in the second round on the 1st September. I'm really hopeful of a good run in the cup.....we can dream, can't we?