Augsburg (dpa) – The photo that Mark Uth, injured in the head, sent out the door from his hospital bed with the message “I’m okay” caused great relief far beyond FC Schalke 04.
Uth’s teammates missed just seconds of cheers from Uth’s teammates in the Bundesliga 2: 2 (0: 1) against FC Augsburg. “You don’t want to see that”, coach Manuel Baum groaned after a disturbing Sunday, referring in the first place to the serious sports accident of forward Uth.
Nevertheless, Baum left his former workshop in Augsburg defiant and irrepressible. “Of course we get the positive out of the game,” said the 41-year-old. The most positive thing for him was “that the market is doing well”. On the other hand, the endless loop of Schalke’s failure continued in the 27th league game in a row. Tasmania Berlin’s century-old record from the 1965/66 season is now missing four games.
Given the special circumstances with fear for the health of Uth after his terrible clash with opponent Felix Uduokhai, a reverse deficit and FCA joker Marco Richter in stoppage time and in Schalke majority, Baum opted for a special look at the events: “It is positive that we have already managed to win a game of more than 90 minutes – but no more than 90 plus. The clear message to us is that we have to win 90 plus x minutes.”
Uth probably “only” had a concussion. The ex-national player could possibly leave the clinic on Monday. “I am incredibly happy and relieved that things are going well for him so far,” said innocent FCA professional Uduokhai, relieved.
After the shocking scene with endless treatment time on the lawn, the game was even abandoned. But Schalke’s team wanted to continue playing at the request of referee Manuel Grafe. “We wanted to fight for Mark on the field,” said Captain Omar Mascarell. However, the plan to win for Uth didn’t work until the third minute of injury time after Benito Raman and Nassim Boujellab’s critically acclaimed goals. “We have to put everything in until the last second,” Baum warned his professionals.
The fourth run in the season felt like another defeat for Schalke. “We were so close,” Mascarell groaned. “We will get up again. We see, we are very close,” said team manager Sascha Riether, speaking of “madness”. Baum is now responsible for nine of the 27 games without a win. But the hard-working coach continues to believe the winless series will end in 2020.
Schalke has two more home match chances against Freiburg on Wednesday and against Bielefeld on Saturday. The all-important Uth will then be missing. Baum gave the Schalke fans a Christmas promise: “We will certainly not give up, but we will put everything we have into the next two games, so that we can at least put the first three under the Christmas tree.”