JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, September 19, 2011
Eugene Starikov played the entire second half but could not prevent Tomsk from crashing to yet another heavy defeat.
Krasnodar took a 1-0 lead into the half after a goal by diminutive Brazilian Joãozinho, prompting the Tomsk coaching staff to make two offensive changes during the break.
Starikov and fellow striker Maksim Kannunikov were brought on for two midfielders, but the changes could not alter the host's fortunes.
Alexander Erokhin doubled Krasnodar's lead in the 55th minute, before two 90th minute goals by former Real Salt Lake star Yura Movsisyan and Portuguese midfielder Rui Miguel ensured a crushing defeat for Tomsk.
Having suffered their seventh consecutive shutout Tomsk appears to be on the fast track to relegation.
While they are currently one point above the relegation zone the Siberians will need a dramatic improvement over the closing weeks to remain safe, having not won a game in nearly two months.
The schedule will not be kind as Starikov and crew will visit St. Petersburg to take on league leaders Zenit next week, followed by consecutive matchups with Rubin Kazan and three Moscow heavyweights, Lokomotiv, Spartak and Dinamo