Bochum (dpa / lno) - FC St. Pauli has passed its first character test in the season of the 2nd Bundesliga.
With the 2: 2 (0: 1) at VfL Bochum after 0: 2 deficit, the Hamburg team gained a lot of self-confidence right at the start of the season.
At the same time, they cleared up the first doubts about their quality that had arisen after the embarrassing end in the DFB Cup at the southwest regional division SV Elversberg.
«I told the boys that I hadn't forgotten Elversberg.
But at least I ticked it off », said the new Kiez trainer Timo Schultz on the pay-TV channel Sky.
In Bochum, his team was already 2-0 down in front of 3500 spectators after 76 minutes due to the goals of Robert Zulj (26th) and Simon Zoller (76th).
There was a threat of a continuation of the chronic away weakness from last season when FC St. Pauli was the worst team abroad with nine points.
But Daniel-Kofi Kyereh managed to equalize within two minutes (84th / 86th).
In the 90th minute he even had the chance to score the winner.
“A couple of centimeters were missing.
Annoying, ”said the 24-year-old newcomer.
For a long time it didn't look like Hamburg would take a point at all.
In terms of play, they have improved compared to the previous season under coach Jos Luhukay.
They combined nicely, but too often the glory was over in the vicinity of the opponent's penalty area.
The penultimate and final passes arrived too rarely to get to the gate closure.
In addition, the lack of a trained striker was felt.
Both Boris Tashchy and newcomer Simon Makienok had to pass due to injuries.
So Kyereh was called upon as a substitute center forward - and fulfilled his mandate.
"I think it would have been presumptuous if we said we deserved the win, but it would have been possible in any case," said coach Schultz.
With his substitutions, the 43-year-old himself contributed to the turnaround in the final phase.
Especially Finn Ole Becker and Lukas Daschner, who was involved in both goals, provided the decisive impetus.
"We took another risk and were rewarded," said Captain Christopher Avevor.
Coach Schultz left it open whether there would be new players by the end of the transfer period on October 5th.
“Our development, which we have had for five weeks, is on the right track, but it is far from over,” he said.
"On the contrary: we still have a long way to go."
He is very satisfied with the players, «how they present themselves in training.
And that is the decisive factor for me. "
Because: "The boys can kick."
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