The Ones That Got Away 馃嚞馃嚙

DestrossatThis season RCD Mallorca has significantly overachieved compared to the expectations pre-season of even the most optimistic supporter. That said, as the side looks to cling on to 6th position and a play off spot, every point, every goal and every kick matters. Or, as we will see, every mistake, missed opportunity, late goal or refereeing error. In this article I’m going to examine the ones that got away.

RCD Mallorca 1 – 1 Extremadura
(Points dropped – 2)

RCD Mallorca’s record at home this season is second only to leaders Osasuna but even then it leaves a few what ifs behind. Having taken the lead against lowly Extremadura, the game was deep into stoppage time when the away side swung a high free kick into the box. There was seemingly no danger until the referee sounded his whistle and awarded the away side a penalty for an unnecessary foul just inside the box. You have to make teams work hard for their goals and this one was just a gift.

RCD Mallorca 1 – 2 M谩laga
(Points dropped – 1)

Rewind to December and one of only two home defeats this season for RCD Mallorca so far. This one can be put down to the officials. RCD Mallorca were just growing into the season and starting to believe they belonged. The linesman incorrectly ruled out Antonio Raillo’s header for offside at 0-0. Manolo Reina then gifted the lead to M谩laga before a deserved equaliser from Alex Lopez. However, the officials had the final say. Following a clash of heads in the centre circle with a player from both side down, both sides stopped but no whistle came. In the confusion, M谩laga broke and took advantage of Mallorca’s disorganisation to score a late winner. The result takes added significance following Malaga’s fall from grace into the lower play off places as the season comes to its conclusion.

Cadiz 1 – 1 RCD Mallorca
(Points dropped – 2)

After going ahead against their closest rivals for 6th position through Stoijkov, RCD Mallorca went in at half time ahead and playing against ten men. Somehow they managed to drop points in what may yet turn out to be the most important game of the season. A flapping Manolo Reina meant Mallorca conceded an 84th minute equaliser Vs ten men and then almost went on to lose the game despite a second red card for Cadiz and their manager being sent to the stands.

Tenerife 2 – 2 RCD Mallorca
(Points dropped – 2)

Expecting nothing, RCD Mallorca went 2-0 up in this game and were well into the second half before they allowed Tenerife back into the game. After pulling one back, the home side had twenty minutes to play against ten men with Estupi帽an’s soft, but foolish, sending off. The pressure told and RCD Mallorca succumbed to another late goal in the 94th minute to leave two points on the island.

Elche 1 – 1 RCD Mallorca
(Points dropped – 2)

Home sweet home wasn’t so sweet on this day when RCD Mallorca gave themselves a hill to climb by coming out sleepily and conceding to Elche in their worst 45 minutes of the season at Son Moix. Vicente Moreno’s words at half time changed everything and they were quickly back level. When Elche went down to ten men, everyone was expecting all three points. Elche parked the bus and Mallorca misfired in front of goal, missing a series of golden opportunities and dropping two points.

C贸rdoba CF 3 – 2 RCD Mallorca
(Points dropped – 1)

There can be no sob story here, but our latest failure away has to feature in this due to the circumstances leading up to the game. RCD Mallorca came into the game following a perfect month and an away victory in Las Palmas, the first side to win there this season. All of the momentum was with RCD Mallorca but they came out and played like they’d lost their last three, not won them. Even after going a goal behind they were given the benefit of a missed penalty and drew level but then went on to lose. A draw was the minimum requirement here and would have kept pressure nicely on the top six with Reus to come this weekend.

The Ones That Got Away

The games above amount to ten points which would see RCD Mallorca currently sitting in the second automatic promotion spot. I have watched enough football over the years to know that other teams will have had similar misfortune and you cannot expect everything to go your way. It does demonstrate though that the small things really matter.

What can be said of RCD Mallorca this season is that they are always in the game, whether that be home or away. They have only lost by more than one goal on 4 occasions, twice against third place Albacete Balompie. If they do make the play offs then all fans of the Vermillion will be praying that they avoid the side from the South East of the peninsula, or that they make those small margins count and don’t allow it to be another one that got away.

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