Free FallBy: Abby | December 10th, 2010
Well, that didn’t go to plan. Instead of readjusting our play and beating a middling 1860 team who have just announced across-the-board pay cuts, we lost to an early goal and had our goalkeeper sent off. From coasting to a winter championship, now we’re in fifth.
I was at a different football game (FC Utrecht finally won while I was watching them), and have generally been too depressed about the game to find highlights. It’s now 3 straight losses, 4 losses out of 5 games over all, and something is wrong. Plus, the next game is against the new leaders of the league, Erzgebirge Aue.
Can we just get to the break already?
No, we can’t. We have to play Aue first, and we’ll have to do it without our first two goalkeepers, as Sejna will be suspended for his sending-off in Munich. Youngster Sascha Burchert will get another chance to prove himself, after not being very convincing in his appearances last season. But he’s young and young players make mistakes. Also suspended is Peter Niemeyer, who has picked up too many yellow cards and has to sit this one out.
However, captain Andre Mijatovic re-joined first-team training this week, and we might see him on Sunday. It will be a big boost to have the captain/capable defender back, especially with Burchert probably needing some protection. Raffael is also back, and if he’s ready to play and fit that is the biggest help we can have.
Also worth nothing, if just for the eyebrow-raising factor: former Hertha favorite Andreas “Zecke” Neuendorf, who you might remember from being the vaguely hipsterish red-headed guy they have talking about the team on Sky Bundesliga every so often, is back in the squad. The 35-year-old left Hertha three years ago to go to Ingolstadt, but is now back and has been playing in the reserves. He’s actually been a top scorer in them as well, and has been added to the first-team squad to “uplift” the players. Which I guess means yell at things. We could probably use someone to do that, but it’s still curious.
It’s a home game Sunday, but Aue, in Saxony near the Czech border, is set to bring a large contingent of away fans. Officially 7500 away tickets have been sold, but Aue are claiming that there will be more than 10,000 in the stadium. Hertha need the home fans now more than ever to make a difference.
Aue are the leaders but not invincible- most of their games are settled by one or two goals, and they were absolutely tonked by Energie Cottbus 6-0 two weeks ago. I’m not saying we will win, but we could, and if we do it would help the holiday season be a lot more cheerful.