Bochum (dpa / lno) – FC St. Pauli has passed its first character test in the season of the 2nd Bundesliga.
With the 2: 2 (0: 1) at VfL Bochum after a 0: 2 deficit, the Hamburg team gained a lot of self-confidence right at the start of the season. At the same time they dispelled the first doubts about their quality that had arisen after the embarrassing end in the DFB Cup at the southwestern regional division SV Elversberg. “I told the boys that I had not forgotten Elversberg. But at least I ticked it off,” said new Kiez trainer Timo Schultz on the pay TV channel Sky.
In Bochum, his team was already 2-0 behind 3,500 spectators after 76 minutes by the goals of Robert Zulj (26th) and Simon Zoller (76th). A continuation of last season’s chronic weakness threatened when FC St. Pauli was the worst team abroad with nine points.
But Daniel-Kofi Kyereh managed to equalize within two minutes (84th / 86th). In the 90th minute he even got the chance to score the winner. “A few inches were missing. Annoying,” said the 24-year-old newcomer.
For a long time, it didn’t look like the Hamburgers would take a point at all. In terms of game they have improved compared to the previous season under coach Jos Luhukay. They combined nicely, but all too often the glory was over near the opponent’s penalty area. The penultimate and final steps arrived too seldom to reach the closing of the gate.
In addition, the lack of a trained striker was felt. Both Boris Tashchy and newcomer Simon Makienok had to pass due to injuries. Kyereh was challenged as a replacement striker – and fulfilled his mandate. “I think it would have been presumptuous if we had said we deserved the win, but it certainly would have been possible,” said coach Schultz.
With his substitutions, the 43-year-old himself contributed to the turnaround in the final phase. Especially Finn Ole Becker and Lukas Daschner, who was involved in both goals, provided the decisive impulse. “We took another risk and were rewarded,” said Captain Christopher Avevor.
Coach Schultz left open whether there would be new players by the end of the transfer window on October 5. “Our development, which we have already had for five weeks, is on the right track, but is far from over,” he said. “On the contrary: we still have a long way to go.” He is very satisfied with the players, “how they present themselves in training. And that is the deciding factor for me.” Because, “The boys can kick.”