St. Pauli held in Paderborn

Michael Frontzeck’s reign at St. Pauli got off to a positive start after a good performance in Paderborn. Frontzeck opted to revert the formation back to 4-2-3-1, with the starting line-up as follows:

Tschauner – Kalla, Avevor, Thorandt, Schachten– Kringe, Funk (59. Daube) – Gogia (75. Gyau), Bartels, Schindler – Ginczek (80. Saglik)

St. Pauli started the game on the attack from the first minute, and missed several early chances. Ginczek hit the post inside the first give minutes, and Paderborn had hardly touched the ball. The pressure continued until half time, with Paderborn rarely mounting any serious attack and St. Pauli looking comfortable, however the game was goalless after 45 minutes.

St. Pauli’s pressure was rewarded though shortly after the restart, when Ginczek headed in superbly from Kringe’s cross. It was the very least that Frontzeck’s men deserved. However, the goal brought a reaction from the home side, who introduced Deniz Naki on 59 minutes. Inevitably, a great goal from Naki gave Paderborn the equaliser. Several one-two passes put Naki inside the box, and he finished calmly past Tschauner. St. Pauli rallied late on, and were denied twice by the Paderborn goalkeeper Kruse in injury time. It was the best performance of the season from the boys in brown, and despite St. Pauli still remaining 17th in the table there is a lot to be encouraged about.