I don’t like these five things we learnt from articles. If you don’t, probs best not worth continuing. But I also hate writing the same stuff about St. Pauli trips and trying to put a twist on an increasingly similar tale of events – usually culminating in Sankt Pauli not winning and our group drinking too much Astra whilst insisting it’s awful. So here ya go. Five things we learnt from the Union Berlin game:
1. St. Pauli will always St. Pauli. Fresh from throwing away a 1-0 lead at Darmstadt to leave without any points, it seemed almost entirely conceivable last night that we had gone from a seemingly comfortable two nil lead to witnessing Union Berlin score twice in a matter of seconds to level the game. From there, a Union winner seemed inevitable. And then, having sought to ruin your night they rose from the dead with what seemed from the far end of the Sudkurve to be a dubious awarding of a free kick. Except it was a penalty in the last minute of a game that had seemed destined to fade away. 3-2. Forward, Sankt Pauli.
2. We still might not be any good. But who knows? This time isn’t convincing. It shows moments of real quality, none more so that the utterly unrequired but somewhat sublime number of stopovers by MMD as he sauntered into the box with half a dozen stepovers which the Sudkurve watched in disbelief. We don’t really ever dominate games and leave you thinking we are comfortable, we don’t score enough to make you think we can punish even the worst opponents and we are still too reassuringly bad at defending under any pressure. But we’re second in the league, and Union – who had beaten Köln only days previous, didn’t look much good either. If HSV being top and Lasogga scoring goals is the measure of quality in this league, maybe we shouldn’t expect too much anyway?
3. That Allagui goal was somert. One of those you’ve just got to hit. A gem of a goal that may be the best goal we’ve witnessed in the Millerntor since the beginning of YSP.
4. Carstens is already a player. Admittedly somewhat blindsided by a player I’ve only noticed in passing previously – just a name of a youth player who crops up around the first team without actually knowing too much about him. A strong performance Assured at the back, physical and commanding beyond his years. Alongside Avevor, a convincing partnership – despite the two goals conceded!
5. The night culminating in a rendition of the Spice Girls with Derby St. Pauli was everything it ought to have been. If you wanna be my lover.