Michael Frontzeck’s first home game in charge was nothing short of spectacular. Having gained a solid point in Paderborn, St. Pauli welcomed Dynamo Dresden to the Millerntor.
Team: Tschauner – Schachten, Avevor, Thorandt, Kalla – Boll, Kringe – Schindler, Bartels, Gogia – Ginczek
The players were greeted by a mass of shredded paper and till roll from the South Stand. Unfortunately, St. Pauli weren’t as energetic as the pre-match display, and soon found themselves in trouble. Dresden had attacked with pace during the opening stages, particularly down the left wing with Ouali who was causing Kalla problems. It was this battle that led to the opening goal, with Ouali beating Kalla and slotting the ball under Tschauner to give Dresden the lead on 18 minutes.
St. Pauli had struggled to get into the game, and sloppy passes and poor defending played a huge part in Dresden’s second goal ten minutes later. Poté got on the end of a cross and poked the ball home from close range after some St. Pauli failed to clear the ball.
St. Pauli were struggling, and Dresden could have added a third shortly after. But the home side finally found their feet as half time approached, and after a bit of pressure and some half chances, they pulled a goal back right on half time. It was captain Boll leading the fight back, he managed to control the ball inside the area and hit a low drive that found the net. 2-1 at half-time.
St. Pauli came out for the second half with renewed confidence, and Avevor levelled the match shortly after half time with a great header from a corner. The possession and momentum was now with the home side, and suddenly it was 3-2, Ginczek running onto a great pass and giving the boys in brown the lead.
Having gained the lead, St. Pauli were happy to see the game out and were cautious in the later stages. Dresden seemed stunned from the fight back though, and struggled to worry St. Pauli. The game ended 3-2, an excellent comeback which sees Frontzeck’s side out of the relegation places and into 13th.
Next up: Stuttgart in the cup on Wednesday.