It was a good run of form but sooner or later Snagov were going to lose; there is no shame in that, it is just part of football. Snagov had a very frustrating afternoon in Târgu Jiu as they were forced to make several changes due to injury. Although something may have been lost in translation, it appears that Snagov's Manager, Gyuszi Balint, was critical of the opposition's aggressive physicality. Gyuszi Balint did not place the entire blame for the defeat on this, as he also referred to two chances Snagov had to score when they had one-on-one situations against Pandurii Târgu Jiu.
The first half appeared quite even until Snagov's Captain, Bărbulescu, was forced to come off after just 14 minutes. It was not until the 31st minute that Târgu Jiu took the lead. From that point on, Snagov were chasing the game. As the second-half wore on, Snagov made further changes with Buia and Dănălache being replaced. The game was effectively over as a contest when Snagov conceded a penalty and had a man sent off in the 75th minute. Târgu Jiu's high scoring midfielder converted the penalty for his 8th goal in 12 league games.
Beaten but not broken.
Looking ahead, Snagov are at home next Saturday against Metaloglobus who are currently 13th and are coming off the back of two defeats. Although it will be important to make sure the Snagov team is physically ready for Metaloglobus, after the injuries sustained against Pandurii Târgu Jiu, it will also be vital to make sure they are mentally ready. This Snagov team is a fairly young group and any promotion push is full of pressure. With Snagov now in second place behind Academica Clinceni it is vital that heads do not drop. The Snagov players will need to be mentally ready to win their next game. Every team loses at some point, but losing must not become a habit.
In the other Liga 2 fixtures, Argeș were held to a home draw against mid-table
Daco-Getica, and Academica Clinceni grabbed a one-nil win at Metaloglobus. One team that has come from nowhere is Chindia Târgovişte, who find themselves third after five wins in a row in Liga 2. Chindia Târgovişte's credentials as promotion contenders will be tested soon as their next match is away at Liga 2 leaders Academica Clinceni, with their following match at home to Snagov. The next two weeks could see the Liga 2 table looking very different as we move into November.
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