“There was plenty of ambition and commitment to us. It was nice to watch as the team seeks to change a negative result” said new Podbeskidzie coach Czesław Michniewicz, as his side fought back from 1-0 down against Korona Kielce, to claim an important point in their battle to avoid relegation.
Korona took the lead with their first real chance inside ten minutes, when Paweł Golański’s drilled cross was deflected into the path of striker Maciej Korzym. Whilst the young striker’s instinctive flick was hit straight towards Górale keeper Richard Zajać, the pace of the ball was enough to beat him, dribbling over the line for Korzym’s eighth goal of the season – his fourth in five games.
Despite going behind so early, it was Podbeskidzie who took control of the game in the first period. Piotr Malinowski’s tame effort inside the area failed to even test Korona stopper Zibi Malkowski, whilst penalty appeals for a Golański handball were rightly turned down as the defender’s arms never moved from his side. Meanwhile the closest Korona came to doubling their lead was through defender Tomasz Lisowski, whose effort from distance nearly caught out Zajać – the Slovakian eventually managing to push the ball to safety.
Whilst the second half was less entertaining for the neutral, the home fans were sent into raptures just before the hour-mark when another Slovakian – striker Robert Demjan – finally managed to grab an equaliser. With the Korona defence failing to clear a Podbeskidzie corner, Demjan received the ball at the edge of the box. After one touch to control, his curling effort was enough to beat Malkowski – the former Viktoria Zizkov man’s eighth of the campaign,
Unhappy about the state of the Bielsko-Biała turf, Korona boss Leszek Ojrzyński outlined his side’s struggles.
“We’re not quite satisfied, because we wanted to get three points on the rough terrain, which is the pitch Podbeskidzie” Orjyński told journalists after the game. “Unfortunately, the most dangerous opposition player wasn’t covered, and scored a goal. It is shame because this shot cost us two points. Podbeskidzie “felt blood” and endeavoured to score another goal. They pushed us to defend – it is good that we have at least one point. This was our 10th away game without a win.”
Michniewicz however looked for the positives for his Podbeskidzie side, and outlined his hopes of surviving the drop. “We still have ten matches; we want to play each of them like in the second half against Korona”.
Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała – Korona Kielce 1:1 (0:1)
Demjan 55′ – Korzym 10′
Podbeskidzie: Zajać, Pietrasiak, Gorkiewicz, Konieczny, Sokołowski, Malinowski (Wodecki 71′), Łatka, Chmiel, Sloboda (Deja 46′), Demjan, Pawela (Cetković 78′)
Korona: Malkowski, Golański, Lisowski, Stano, Kijanskas, Malarczyk, Janota (Foszmańczyk 46′), Lenartowski, Jovanović, Sierpina (Kuzera 65′), Korzym (Adamek 87′).
Konieczny 11′, Sokołowski 24′ – Korzym 67′, Kuzera 80′.