As point out in the press this past week, prior to the game on Saturday, St. Pauli had not conceded a goal from open play this season (note – this stat only includes the league, and forgets the dreadful goal we conceded at Münster in the club). To use a rather tiresome cliché, Soren Gonther has been like a new signing at the heart of the defence following his lengthy injury which saw his miss the vast majority of last season. New signings Nehrig and Halstenberg have looked ok at full-back and Thorandt is, well, Markus Thorandt.
Unfortunately, this stat was broken on Saturday, and replaced by another. St. Pauli have now conceded 3 goals from headers following corners in the last 3 games. This figure doesn’t include Bochum’s leveller a few weeks ago when they tapped home after a poor clearance, and if it wasn’t for Rzatkowski making a couple of important goalline clearances it would have been even more worrying. The trend itself isn’t something new, the St. Pauli team under former coach Andre Schubert were dreadful at defending corners, but unfortunately it’s one of the few things that hasn’t improved since his departure.
Whilst you can’t stop a well worked set-piece, i’d argue that all 3 goals conceded were as a result of terrible/non-existant marking, particularly those against Bochum and Dresden where the goalscorer was left unmarked. In the goal yesterday, the goalscorer was at least challenged by Halstenberg, but it didn’t seem as if anyone had picked the goalscorer up in the first place. Here’s the pictorial evidence, spot the marking anyone?
Now we’ve pretended to know something about football, we’ll go back to talking about the usual rubbish instead!