Nope peeps, there won’t be any analysis today. Instead there will be frustration. The FC St. Pauli loses a match which mustn’t get lost at all. I know, I wrote a fairly similar sentence last week after the loss against Paderborn already. I thought that there can’t be any more shite at the foot. But then, the VfL Osnabrück visited the Millerntor…
What should I even analyse? That the FCSP was dominating the match? They did. The FCSP positioned itself in a 4-2-3-1 formation and managed to completely defuse Osnabrück with a high pressing, a good presence in the centre and a focused defence (this happened also due to the fact that Osnabrück barely put any pressure to the defence through their built-up play). But all this dominance is worth nothing when you don’t score a single goal. And this is how we get without any further analyses to the area of frustration.
I love good football and thus can’t moan a lot about such matches. If the current situation wouldn’t be remarkable alarming, I would have probably gotten annoyed about this match but also carried on rather quickly because I witnessed that we simply were unlucky. I would have thought that it’ll get better in the next match and that would have been all. I wouldn’t worry at all.
But now, I am actually looking a bit worried about the next games. The FC St. Pauli got themselves into a really shitty position, completely caused by themselves, because they couldn’t close the gaps in their defence during the first couple of matches and now that they actually managed to close them, they don’t shoot any goals any longer. The only remaining hope is that the FCSP elicits plenty of promising chances and situations to score. But OMG, just shoot a fucking goal! You are constantly depriving yourselves of the wages of all the work!
We simply have to force the ball into the goal, take the lead somehow. Solve the famous knot, get the stuff from your chest, open the tin, name it as you like. But instead, of course, the opponent scores with their very first chance. I’d rather hit myself nails into every single finger than having to witness such things. For Fucks Sake, no way you can have so much shite on your foot.
And I mean this last sentence absolutely seriously. We don’t talk about “lost unlucky“ here. It’s no longer unlucky when this massive ineffectiveness is actually happening for the whole season. You’re not unlucky then, but the shite is having some sort of a system. Because out of a sudden, after the defence is finally appearing stable again, the issue to cause chances happens again: We do not score any goals. Despite partly clear superiority. Don’t get me wrong, but four goals of forwards after nine played matches are simply too little, many too little. Too little, so that we have to raise some questions here.
Because if you manage as a team to deliver brilliantly played cross passes into the box, but then there’s either nobody or four players on the same line and the ball is passed into their backs then, you’re lacking mechanisms. Or you’re lacking players who can effectively process such mechanisms. And if you’re not just using one or two chances but instead decide to not use any since weeks already, you’re also possibly lacking some sort of quality.
There’s no lack of offensive power. There’s no lack of dangerous situations. There’s nothing wrong play-wise. But there’s a lack to actually score. There’s a lack to harvest what you deserve from all these promising situations. The balance between the offensive power and defensive stability, which Timo Schultz mentioned, is available. It’s there.
But there’s a lack of goals. Actually a lot. I do not want to compare the current situations against the many goals scored by the forwards of the previous season. This will certainly be done by other media during the next couple of days. But please, do something! Put yourselves on the training ground and shoot the balls from every possible angle onto the goal. Put some match balls under the forwards’ pillows. Throw some Lewandowski-sweat at them, provide them with the knickers of Gerd Müller or do hair transplantation with Haaland-hairs. But do something.
And if you’re applying miracle methods anyway, then, please also take care of a miracle cure of Burgstaller and Miyaichi. The match against Osnabrück once again clearly showed how much these two players are missing. The fact that Kevin Lankford had to play the full ninety minutes despite being completely exhausted because the squad currently does not have any other player on this position available is not good at all. It’s very likely that a fresh player won’t waste a huge chance in the 84th minute by missing the goal just to be decisively slower than scorer Blacha two minutes later (this is explicitly not meant to be a critique against Lankford).
Enough of frustration for now. This unbalanced moaning is actually quite relieving, however, it’s not expedient. Let’s sum up that the FCSP showed a good match against Osnabrück but also loses it. It can happen, it’s pretty annoying but in the current situation, it’s also particularly hurting.
But I am personally feeling pain because I am convinced of the development which happened since Timo Schultz took over. A lot actually. After some issues in the defence, this was stabilised without losing the offensive power. Development is clearly visible. But of course, this might sound absolutely paradoxical due to the third loss and the seventh match without a win in a row. This tendency has to be stopped asap.
Because one thing is certain, no matter how tight the second division actually is, the FCSP needs a series. The barometer is rising. A gaze onto the table is enough to realise how important and directive the next match of the FC St. Pauli against Braunschweig is. Treat yourselves finally!
// Tim (translated by Arne)