First Division - Day 21

Las Palmas 1 - Oviedo 0

Las Palmas: Nacho González; Angel, Alvaro, Schurrer, Paqui, Jarni; Pablo Lago (Jorge 35'), Samways, Josico (Guayre 65'); Eloy, Oulare (Turdó 85'). 5-3-2.
Oviedo: Esteban; Pablo Suárez (Raúl 50'), Danjou, Gaspar, Ivo; Amieva, Onopko, Tomic, Iván Ania (Rubén Reyes 75'); Paunovic (Collymore 67'); Oli. 4-4-1-1.

Team changes: Las Palmas: Paqui, Jarni for Edu Alonso, Olías / Oviedo: Suárez, Amieva, for Keita, Geni.

1-0. 74. Oulare. Ran through on to Jorge pass to shoot past Esteban.

Oviedo set a new negative record here, failing to score away from home again for the tenth time this season as they fell to a single Oulare goal in the second half. Even the arrival of their new star signing Stan Collymore couldn't change things, the English striker coming on to make a very discrete debut in the second half. Radomir Antic decided to leave Stan the man on the bench at the beginning, having logically not had much time to get used to his new teammates nor the language, with Amieva returning after injury and Pablo Suárez coming in at right back for the suspended Keita. The youngster was to feature in a horrendous incident early in the second half which overshadowed the match, falling writhing to the ground after clashing with Josico unable to control his limbs. Medical staff raced on to the pitch fearing a spinal injury, but after medical tests at the local hospital it was determined that the injury was not so serious, although he was kept in for observation overnight. Josico was so affected by the incident that he had to be substituted shortly afterwards.

Once again Oviedo's Jekyll and Hyde performance continued as they let Las Palmas dominate the game. During the first 30 minutes it appeared to be a training session for the Las Palmas attack, with the ball hardly leaving the Oviedo half, and only Esteban in the visitors' goal and some pretty ropy shooting seeing the sides go in at half time all square. Oulare in particular was guilty of some awful misses, and when he did get it past Esteban Gaspar was there to clear off the line. Collymore came on to whistles from the Canary Island crowd, and with almost his first touch he gave the ball away to Jorge for him to set up Oulare to finally find the target. In the final minutes Kresic brought on his new signing Turdó for Oulare, who was applauded off the pitch. The fans were ecstatic, their team having moved back up to seventh, only a point away from a place in Europe next season. Oviedo drop down into the bottom half having only picked up one point away from home, thankful at least that their home record is keeping their heads above water. Antic needs Collymore in top gear as soon as possible. Otherwise it might be too late.