It’s hard to motivate yourself to write after watching such a complete capitulation. Let’s get the score out of the way early. Vasas lost 4-0 today and – without exaggeration – it should have been at least seven. Győr were incisive, playing dangerous balls through the Vasas backline with alarming and repeated ease. I was surprised by how well the away team played given their league position; their direct, first-touch, purposeful work too much for a Vasas team that seem to have frittered away their pre-Christmas confidence. Tóth and Kelemen in the Vasas defence were bypassed by slide-rule passes to Győri strikers at will, and the pacy forwards gave them a torrid time all game.
Several chances were wasted by the visitors before the opener came. A spooned shot over the rooted Bese hit the bar, before dropping down on the head of Lovrencsics who couldn’t have been more unmarked if he’d hopped on a plane to Antarctica during the warm up. 1-0, and the alarm bells are already going off in the stadium – the home side don’t seem with it today.
Birtalan and Balajti combined to briefly test the Győr keeper, but after that it was one-way traffic for the rest of the half. Bese managed to keep a few out, but Lovrencsics broke away from the hapless Bence Tóth again and slotted in a curling finish to make it 2-0 on the 31 minute mark.
3-0 came soon after. Márk Madarász having time to compose himself and pass the ball home while Kelemen and Tóth jogged their way back from the halfway line, having been bisected again by a through ball.
It got a little better after half-time. Balajti held the ball up well and was always alert to a rebound or knock-down. He even had the ball in the net but was flagged offside.
Lanky number 12 Milán Kovács – at just 19 years old – put in a committed performance, albeit one lacking in end product. The problem being – as ever this season – that Vasas have a lot of 19-21 year-olds forced into key roles and they’re just not quite ready yet.
Bese is the perfect example. He’s a decent young keeper, but he’s playing behind a weak defence who expose his inexperience too often, leading to mistakes, loss of confidence, etc. etc…and the whole cycle begins again. Similar to how Leeds’ 2003/4 season almost destroyed English goalkeeper Paul Robinson’s career, putting a young keeper like Bese into a no-win situation week after week will make or break him, and at the moment it’s not looking like the former. It’s understandable given Vasas’ relegation and finances, but chances of bouncing back up in time for the new stadium opening seem remote.
Back to the game, and as the Vasas pressure built, Balajti beat two men before going to down easily – far too easily in my mind – in the box. No penalty and a yellow card for the striker who barely protested.
And on 75 minutes Vadász forced the ball home to make it 4-0 to Győr. A scrambled goal, but with Vasas’ luck it was always going to go in.
There was still time for a final indignity as Balajti’s frustration boiled over and he got himself sent off for a late lunge. It seemed inevitable.
Vasas 0-4 ETO Győr (Attendance 650)
A worrying performance, especially from a defence that just didn’t seem committed or willing to track back. The sheer number of one-on-ones with Bese was pretty shocking. It’s difficult to see Vasas going up this year now, the next few games will decide whether this year is going to see a promotion push or a slide into mid-table nothing. The suspension of Balajti leaves a big question of where goals are going to come from.
Notes on other teams I follow:
Middlesbrough won away at Blackburn. Britt Assombalonga again with the winner.
In Bahrain, Al Shabab won! Even better, they’re off the bottom after a 4-0 win over fellow strugglers Al-Hala.