St. Pauli’s unbeaten run under Michael Frontzeck was brought to an end on Monday evening, with the boys in brown losing 1-0 at Hertha Berlin.
Missing several key players including Boll and Bruns through injury and Thorandt through suspension, Frontzeck named the following team:
Tschauner – Schachten, Avevor, Mohr, Kalla – Funk, Kringe – Gogia, Bartels, Schindler – Ginczek.
St. Pauli started well, clearly more confident in their abilities following the upturn in form since the departure of previous coach Andre Schubert. St. Pauli were looking to play on the counter attack, with the pace of Ginczek upfront, but despite getting into a few good positions they struggled to find the final ball. Hertha started slowly but had a great chance on 24 minutes, a Marcel Ndjeng shot from outside the box took a deflection on it’s way to goal and Tschauner did well to push the ball onto the post and it luckily bounced clear.
The first real chance for St. Pauli came on 39 minutes, when Schachten rises to head a free-kick goalwards but it was well saved. This was followed by huge pressure from Hertha before the half time break, with Tschauner making two excellent saves to keep the hosts out.
Hertha increased the pressure after the second half, and St. Pauli were struggling to create chances on the counter attack. Peer Kluge squandered a good chance on 48 minutes, and Gogia cleared a goal-bound header off the line on 60 minutes.
The game seemed to be heading for a draw, but Hertha increased the pressure again and St. Pauli were struggling to cope defensively. Eventually, Hertha got the goal on 85 minutes through Ben Sahar after Kalla missed a header at the back post. It was a goal that the home side perhaps deserved, but a bitter blow for the St. Pauli.
St. Pauli had a great chance on 89 minutes, with Schachten getting on the end of a corner kick, but his effort was deflected off the defender on the goal-line onto the post, and somehow it stayed out. It was a decent performance from St. Pauli, that just lacked a bit of quality going forward. But it was a much improved performance compared to those we watched at the start of the season. The progression under Frontzeck continues!
Frontzeck: We defended passionately but created little going forward. Berlin were better today