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Home again. We are waiting for "Oilman"

7 January Gazprom-Yugra will play its first home match in the new year - Neftyanik from Orenburg will come to Surgut. Not having won a single victory, Orenburg residents are currently finishing the standings of the national championship, which paradoxically makes them only more dangerous. The main mistake, which can be done before the match - underestimate the opponent.

The staff of "Neftyanik" is quite working, and the absence of victories is a coincidence. The main circumstance, perhaps, therein, that the binder Alexander Voropaev never found those magic threads, connecting the team's game together. As a result, the head coach of "Neftyanik" Vladimir Vikulov dismissed Voropaev, but also to his understudy, Pavel Akhaminov, who played for Gazprom-Yugra last season, did not entrust his place in the starting six. The third liaison officer of Novy Urengoy was called to help from the "Torch", young and promising Andrey Ushkov. Several games with his participation significantly revived the game - in the last round, played by Orenburg residents last year, they almost defeated Dynamo-LO at home, losing on the flag in the fifth set, 13:15.

The main striking force of the "Neftyanik" is concentrated in the hands of the diagonal Dmitry Yakovlev, son of the famous Roman Yakovlev. Dmitry is 11th in the Super League in terms of performance (our Nikita Alekseev - eighth), next spiker Anton Botin - 28th (our Ilya Kovalev is the tenth). A couple of experienced Botin is a lot where Sergey Nikitin played, who showed great promise a few years ago in the Kemerovo "Kuzbass", and his namesake and peer Panov is always ready to replace him on the site, whom Vikulov knows from his games for Perm “Prikamye”.

The most experienced in the line-up is the central blocker Ivan Kozitsyn 1987 the year of birth. His colleagues - Denis Getman, Slavomir Byarda, Kirill Kranin - solid, proven players. The most mysterious figure in the "Oilman" - Ilnur Rakhmatullin. Diagonal, whom the club is trying to retrain as a setter, and on the club's website it is generally presented as blocking (what, Most likely, error). It remains for completeness to add the libero Maxim Maksimenko, transferred to Orenburg from "Belogorye", and we will get a conditional portrait of our opponent.

Conditional - because the real face of the team is manifested precisely in team interactions, therein, how players complement each other, creating the necessary cumulative effect. "Oilman", can say, still in search of his true face, however, like Gazprom-Yugra. The last three away matches our club played with big drops in the quality of the game, without collecting a specific image. An upcoming meeting may provide an answer, where are we going, with what speed and prospects.

There is a problem of Ivan Lukyanenko on the front line, there are certain difficulties in completing the game, not everything is glued in the center of the grid, supply and reception periodically lame ... Everywhere seems to be trifles and small errors, but in total there were three guest defeats. Playing at home is a great chance to end a losing streak and regain self-confidence. Under no circumstances should you underestimate your opponent., but you shouldn't be afraid either, you just need to return to your level of play.