It was a disappointing weekend for St Pauli again, they led 1-0 in Aue and were seemingly comfortable but a poor equaliser and a last gasp winner for Aue meant that St Pauli dropped vital points again. In all honesty, St Pauli haven’t played particularly well at all since the Winter break. The exciting attacking movement has gone, with the team seemingly void of ideas in the final third. Whilst generally they’ve looked solid defensively, vital individual lapses have cost us points that could harm promotion. Is this down to a lack of form, injuries to key players such as Ebbers, or perhaps opposition sides combating the way we played in the first half of the season? It’s most probably a combination of all three. That said, other results this weekend went in our favour to a certain extent, meaning we still have a great chance of putting together a good run of form and gaining promotion.
The top 2, Greuther Furth and Eintracht Frankfurt both picked up impressive victories to outline their credentials for promotion. Furth travelled to nearby 1860 Munich, who themselves sit in 6th, on Saturday and were clinical in picking up a 4-1 victory. Eintracht Frankfurt were very impressive in their 3-0 victory over Dynamo Dresden on Friday evening. It’s difficult to see how these two sides will slip up now in the race for automatic promotion.
But it was those behind them that slipped up, and meant that 3rd placed and the playoff position is still up for grabs. The team who finishes 3rd plays the 16th placed Bundesliga side in a two-legged playoff with the winner going into the Bundesliga and the loser going into the 2.Bundesliga. With 1860 Munich losing at home to Furth, it realistically rules them out of the race for 3rd place – leaving it a battle between Paderborn, St Pauli and Fortuna Dusseldorf, three teams who were seperated by a single point going into the weekend.
On Saturday, Paderborn were hammered at Ingolstadt, losing 4-0. This therefore made the 2-1 defeat in Aue even more disappointing for St Pauli. Finally, on Monday evening Fortuna Dusseldorf travelled to Energie Cottbus, knowing a win would put them 4 points clear of both Paderborn and St Pauli. However Dusseldorf struggled against a well organised Cottbus side who took the lead. However a late equaliser saw Dusseldorf grab a point, which means they hold a 2 point gap in 3rd place over Paderborn and St Pauli. It was a decent performance by Cottbus though, who are the next visitors to the Millerntor this coming Sunday. We will preview next weekend’s fixtures later in the week.
There’s still plenty of twists and turns ahead in the promotion race, it’s time to stick together, support the team and move forward. Voran FC St Pauli!
Finally, commiserations to @Charlieh31 who could only pick up 3 points in our prediction competition. Let’s hope someone can improve of that next weekend!