Two very needy teams. Real looking to break a poor run and banish any thoughts of relegation, and Cartagena desperate at the wrong end of the table. There were moments when Cartagena played some half decent stuff.....right until they get anywhere near the penalty area, where they were woeful, goal aside. Real dominated the second half and overall were deserving of victory. Double joy then, for The Peppermen.....another 3 points, adn to see Cartagena anchored to the bottom of the table and 8 ponts from safety. Time has a way of putting everyone in their place - Albacete got theirs last year, and Cartagena will likely follow them to segunda B this year. Now Real Murcia survived a season in the "B", but I doubt very much Cartagena will be able to do the same. Mounting debts, and owner looking to sell, big spenders last summer and with a large wage bill, the future looks very grim indeed. A pity - the derbies over the last couple of seasons have been good fun.
Molinero (Mario Marín 66') - Jorge - Amaya - Óscar Sánchez
Iturra - Cerrajería (Pedro 64') - Isaac - Emilio (Albiol 74')
Sutil - Cristian García
Manolo Gaspar (Txiki 24') - Abraham Paz - Herrero - Torres
Mariano Sánchez - Dimas - Antón (Font 55') - Collantes
Lafuente - Chamorro (Del Moral 66')
1-0. Emilio (6')
1-1 Torres (10')
2-1 Cristian García (75')
Referee: Mr. Martínez Munuera.
Att : Just 13.092 turned up for the derby. Very disappointing. This again sums up the fickleness of the Spanish fan, and the way TV companies do nothing to help attendences, or supply a decent public service. Almost every home game is on local TV, whilst an away game is very rare. 2 seasons ago, Cartagena were flying high in the promotion places, and 8,000 odd followed them at the Nueva Condomina. This year, not doing so well.....I would guess at around only 350 of their fans made the short trip. Plus Real Madrid's game started at 8 p.m., and many will prefer to sit at home and not go to the game, than risk missing a Ronaldo step-over.
Next up a tough away trip to leader Deportivo La Coruña.