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SUSO WATCH: Match II Almeria @ Getafe

Last Friday evening, Suso picked up his second assist in as many matches as Almeria dropped points in disappointing fashion once again in a 2-2 draw with Getafe. Suso once again featured heavily as a right winger for Almeria, albeit with a fifteen minute spell on Almeria's left starting around the tenth minute of action. Suso made a bit of a defensive error around the 15th minute while he was on the left, over-pursuing Getafe right back Juan Valera. Valera was able to easily bypass Suso and rip an impressive shot, though fortunately for Suso and Almeria, the shot was just wide of the far post.

Suso did make a much better defensive contribution in the 23rd minute. Getafe midfielder Angel Lafita was carrying the ball across the center line in a threatening counterattack after Almeria conceded possession. Suso tracked back and attempted to win the ball, but lacking a bit of pace to regain possession, he instead pulled at Lafita's arm, earning a foul and a yellow card in the process. It was a professional type of foul for a young player, an event which demonstrated not only match intelligence but a desire to track back and help defend. Almeria would regain shortly thereafter and renew their attack, allowing for Suso to make an incisive run in the 24th minute. Suso struck solidly with his weaker right foot, but the shot just whizzed past the near post.

After the 25th minute, Suso returned to the right flank and remained there for the rest of the match. Shortly after the switch, the Liverpool loanee made his brightest contribution of the match in the 30th minute, picking up the ball in a narrow position and quickly feeding in-form striker Rodri with a perfectly weighed pass for a 1-0 lead. The lead would not last long, as Getafe would equalize in the 37th minute on the strength on a Pablo Sarabia cross finished by Lafita. Despite this, Almeria would carry a 2-1 lead into the half thanks to their captain, midfielder Fernando Soriano. Suso played a key part in the buildup to the goal, doing well to feed midfielder Verza on the right flank, who then crossed to midfielder Alexi Vidal, whose shot was blocked. The ball pinged around the box and fell to Soriano, who buried his chance to regain the lead before half time. Worth noting is that right before the break, Suso got away with a forearm to the face of a Getafe player, but despite already being on a yellow, he was allowed to stay on the pitch for the second half.

The second half saw Getafe perhaps unfortunate to get a match-clinching third goal, as Getafe keeper Moya was in fine form. Suso had a well-taken right footed shot in the 63rd minute that was well saved by Moya. Almeria would rue not getting a third, as Almeria fullback Rafita fouled Getafe's Lafita (try not getting that confused) inside the box around the 84th minute. Getafe attacking midfielder Diego Castro had to convert his penalty twice as his first effort was undone by an encroaching teammate, but despite Almeria keeper Esteban guessing correctly the second time, Getafe got their late equalizer to force Almeria to drop points once again.

For Suso, it was another promising performance along with some concerns. As mentioned above, the loanee made a bit of an error over-pursuing Valera and allowing for a good scoring chance for Getafe, and was also perhaps fortunate to not be sent off close to the end of the first half in getting away with a forearm on a yellow. Aside from that, there was evidence of improvement. Work rate was a concern in the Villarreal match, but with Getafe having more of the ball than Villarreal, Suso stepped up his defensive game, breaking up a counterattack with a smart (though punished with a yellow) foul, and also attempting seven more tackles and winning three more than he did in his first match with Almeria:

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Suso also was more aggressive, and more successful, in taking on opposition defenders in this match, putting his dribbling skills to use and demonstrating increased comfort with wing play:

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Altogether, it was generally a strong performance for Suso, who picks up yet another assist in his brief time with Almeria. Highlights compiled by LFC Tiki Taka can be found here. The yellow card incident can be found around the :33 mark, the incisive run and chance occurs around the :55 mark, the assist around the 1:45 mark, and the buildup to Almeria's second around the 1:55 mark. There's also Suso's shot on target at 3:30, and a silly dribble move around 3:10.

Almeria will look to finally pick up their first win of the La Liga campaign today at 1700 EST/2200 BST against fellow recent promotee and reigning Segunda Division champion Elche. BeIN en Espanol will have delayed coverage at 2100 EST in the United States.

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