Farouk Miya and his Konyaspor side got their 2020/21 Turkish Super League season off to a slow start after playing to a goalless draw away to Gençlerbirliği at the Eryaman Stadium, Ankara, Turkey.
Miya started the Saturday lunchtime kick-off game but was brought off in the 63rd minute of the game for Nigerian forward Samuel Eduok.
The forward who finished last season as the club’s top scorer with eight goals did not get the start he would have hoped for before he was brought off.
It was new coach Ismail Kartal’s first game in charge of the side, but while he acknowledged that he expected his side to struggle a bit especially after the hour, he called for a better show in their next game.
“It was the first game of the season on our behalf. In the first half, we were in control of the game and we had clear opportunities with it. But we could not take them,” Kartal said after the game.
“In the second half, we predicted that we could be out of the game after an hour. After the 60th minute, we tried to stay in the game with the changes we made and gave control to the opponent.”
“But then we set the balance again. We fought well and started the season by getting one point in return.”
“We now have a clear picture of the team and we believe that we should be having a more combative and attack-minded response in the next game.
Today, my players fulfilled their duties and applied our approach very well, I take the point we collected,” he added.
The new Turkish Super League season kicked off last week on Friday, with the league now expanded to 21 clubs from 18 last season.
Konyaspor now lies 11th on the log with a single point.
Miya and his teammates resume their chase for their first victory of the new season when they host Besiktas at the Konya Buyuksehir Belediyesi Stadium on Sunday.