Review: A solid start in Aue.

It was a tricky first game of the season, with a long away trip to Aue. Aue is a small town with only 18,000 inhabitants, which lies close to the German border with the Czech Republic. St. Pauli had lost their last 3 games against Aue, including a disappointing result towards the end of last season when they let a 1-0 lead slip through two very poor goals to lose a vital game in the push for promotion.

St. Pauli had started the game on the front foot, with Lennart Thy impressing on his debut. Thy had two early opportunities, firstly controlling and turning in the box to get his shot away which was blocked by a defender. Thy then picked the ball up on the right hand side of the box, skipped passed two Aue defenders with his pace and then unleashed a fierce shot that forced a good save from the Aue goalkeeper. St. Pauli went close again shortly after, with Fin Bartels sliding a teasing low cross across the 6 yard box, but the outstretched leg of Marius Ebbers missed the ball by inches.

Aue’s main threat came from set-pieces, and they had two very good efforts within 4 minutes of each other to open the scoring. Vlad Munteanu came close on both occasions, firstly hitting the top of the net and then  hitting one narrowly over. Just before half time, Florian Bruns went close for St. Pauli but found his shot from the edge of the box well saved.

Aue started the second half well, creating problems down the left hand side, but the next big chance fell for Marius Ebbers. Bruns played in a looped cross towards Ebbers at the back post, but Ebbers’ header hit the ground and bounced up handily for the ‘keeper to tip it over the bar. From the resulting corner, Boll’s header was well saved again. St. Pauli were testing the Aue defence, but were unable to open the scoring. Bruns found space in the box and fired a low cross across the box but no-one was available to tap the ball into the empty net.

It was the home side who looked more dangerous in the latter stages of the game, creating a couple of half chances that were squandered. The best chance of the game fell to Jakub Sylvestr for Aue, who found space down the left hand side, ran into the box under little pressure and sliced a shot against the inside of the post which somehow bounced back across goal without putting the home side ahead.

The final chance of the game fell to Marius Ebbers in the last minute. Ebbers beat the defender to a low cross in the area, but his low shot towards the near post could only find the side netting.

Whilst St. Pauli were favourites to win the game, it was a decent away point against a difficult side. St. Pauli showed plenty of promise to suggest we’ll do well this season, with Thy particularly impressive. Schubert has already said that he wants 1 or 2 more players to add to the side, and with a couple of good signings to improve weak areas we stand a very good chance this season.

Schubert on the result: “After the game, you can see the statistics and results in all categories and I think it is surprising that such a game ends 0-0. Both sides had a number of scoring chances. The first two thirds of the game we were very dominant and had two or three really good chances that we didn’t take. From the 70th minute, then we have given them good chances and we looked confused for a while. The home side had some opportunities. We are lucky that we got a clean sheet. Marius Ebbers had a chance in the last minute for the first goal, but it was not enough. The weather was not easy for players, in addition, we have seen aggressive battles. We’ve also had bad luck in the past conceding last minute goals, I’m glad that it was not the case this time . I think it was an entertaining game for the spectators.”

Team: Tschauner –Kringe (58. Schachten), Thorandt, Mohr, Kalla – Daube, Boll, Bruns (71. Ginczek), Bartels (88. Funk)– Thy, Ebbers