Huesca slip into free fall after strong start


La Liga new boys Huesca are beginning to find life in the top flight tough going, after an excellent start to their first ever season in the division.

After finishing in second place in the Segunda Division last season, Huesca sealed their first ever foray into La Liga, alongside Rayo Vallecano and Real Valladolid.

The season started well for the club from Aragon, with an opening weekend win away at Eibar, followed by a 2-2 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao.

However things have nosedived for them since then, with a run of eight games in La Liga without a win, and just one point gained for the team currently at the bottom of the table.

The club have also lost patience and have also dismissed manager Leo Franco, the man who masterminded their promotion, replacing him with former Cordoba boss Francisco Rodriguez, in a bid to get themselves back on track.

The change of management has not yielded any positive results as yet, with back to back losses against high flying Espanyol and Sevilla.

Rodriguez has looked to implement a new look five man defence as he looks to rectify his side’s inability to keep clean sheets, with Carlos Akapo coming in alongside Miramon and on loan Ruben Semedo.

In midfield and attack he has also looked to freshen things up, with Alex Gallar and Samuele Longo into the starting XI, but so far these changes are not yielding any change in fortunes.

The greater issue appears to be a complete absence of confidence throughout the squad, a real contrast to the positivity that surrounded their early season form, and suggested they could follow the example of Girona in 2017-18, and cause a few upsets this season.

Gallar could be the catalyst for this, as he was back in August and September, scoring against Eibar and Barcelona.

Rodriguez will be hopeful that a relatively favourable run of fixtures coming up, will allow his side to tighten up and get some points on the board.

In November, Huesca face home games against Getafe and Levante, and a trip to Alaves.

They need to pick up points in these key games, if they want to avoid being marooned at the bottom of the La Liga table, and facing an immediate return to the second division.

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