Maybe someone thought CD Tenerife would take the hint, 1-2 down at home with 11 minutes left, midfielder Cristo stretchered off early, and a ref and linesman desperately in need of their guide dogs. But when your hot your hot and the blanquiazul are scorching these days, they turned the score around in six minutes to claim a third straight win, 3-2 against Numancia, and jumped over Las Palmas into fourth spot, not a bad afternoons work.
You can call it stubbornness, determination, or an unshakeable self belief, promotion is now the target and it could even be achieved without the need for play offs. The 18th minute loss of Cristo was a big blow, he could be out for a month depending on how bad his left ankle injury is, Juanjo replaced him and was to prove to be a key player. Moyano joined the charge for goal with a thunderbolt that clipped the joint of the post and crossbar, Suso gave Ayoze a header but it was soft at the keeper. Numancia have a good away record and flexed their muscles with a free kick near miss from Ripa and Julio Alvarez, one of the two lazy boys from our relegation to Segunda B, put another set piece strike wide.
Ayoze was a late fitness pass but showed his skills to red carpet a pass by two defenders to find Aridane, he dispatched it perfectly, he’s creeping up on nine goals now. Roberto ended the half with two good saves and a nice Aridane chip ended just short of the advancing Ayoze. All well and plenty for the 13,815 crowd to enthuse about. Tenerife’s defence were like a string vest for the Numancia equalizer after 54 minutes, Sergei side stepped his markers and popped the ball in the net.
Numancia stepped up a gear, Roberto made a good stop from a drifting shot but the big test came when Juanma grabbed a lead with a header from an Alvarez free kick. What spirit and character we witnessed, it took just two minutes for Juanjo to chest control a Moyano ball with his back to goal before turning and making it 2-2. A surge of energy from the crowd lifted the players, Suso took the ball to the goal line, Juanjo kept it in with a back header and sub Rivero was waiting on the edge of the box to drill the winner home.
You know when CD Tenerife are doing well, there are people on the rooftops above the far end goal, next home game it will be like a suicides convention – or a colony of lemmings!