There’s lots of movement in Sandhausen at the moment, both in their management and their position in the table. We visit SVS at 13:30 CET on Sunday! This is our LOOK AHEAD at that game:
SVS have lost 10 of their first 16 games in the 2.Liga this season. The 14 points they’ve collected leave them in a precarious position. They’re level on points with Braunschweig, who sit in the relegation zone, but just above them on goal difference. In their last match, against Jahn Regensburg, it looked like they might be getting back on track. Summer signing from Fürth, Daniel Keita-Ruel, gave Sandhausen the lead, but they conceded three goals in a ten minute period and lost the game 3-1. It was an unnecessary defeat that has put them in a difficult position to finish off the Hinrunde. Having scored 17 goals in 16 games, they have the second worst goalscoring record in the league, and having conceded 36 goals they have the joint worst defensive record.
Our visit to Hardtwald on Sunday will be the 17th game between VfL and SVS. All of these have taken place in the 2.Liga, with the last one coming in March 2020. This was a spectacular 4-4 at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion, which was a bitter pill for everyone at VfL to swallow. Danny Blum scored a hattrick and former loanee Jordi Osei-Tutu got the other, but two extra-time penalties let Sandhausenback into the game. Overall, Bochum have won six of the sixteen matchups, with SVS only winning three.
THE MANAGER AND PERSONNEL
A lot has happened this season in Sandhausen in terms of staff. Uwe Koschinat started the season in charge, having been a stabilising force at the club since he was appointed in October 2018. They made some good signings in the offseason to build on the quality and experience they already have. Club captain and right back Dennis Diekmeier is supported by former Champions league talent Diego Contento and former Bundesliga (and FIFA 14) star Alexander Esswein. Up front, new signings Keita-Ruel and Aziz Bouhaddouz are renowned throughout the league. Yet these individual parts just don’t seem to be clicking so far. Koschinat was forced to resign by November and was replaced by Michael Schiele, who had been in charge of bottom side Würzburger Kickers. The start of Schiele’s tenure has been anything but harmonious. Starting goalkeeper Martin Fraisl was suspended and shipped off to the Nehterlands, and replaced by Stefanos Kapino from Bremen. Marlon Frey, Sören Dieckmann and Philip Türpitz have also all left the club. Patrick Schmidt has been brought in on loan from 1. FC Heidenheim in hope of improving their attacking prospects.
VfL Bochum 1848’s winning streak has come to an end but they fought their way back into an away match which seemed already lost to register a deserved point against SSV Sandhausen. Behrens gave the hosts the lead on the halftime whistle but, with Bochum turning on the pressure, Robert Zulj equalised from a Thomas Reisfeld assist after 84 minutes to give VfL Bochum 33 points from their first 17 matches.
On the last match day of the first half of the season, VfL Bochum travelled to SV Sandhausen and head coach Thomas Reis decided to change his successful team. He rested Gerrit Holtmann to vive Miloš Pantović a starting place after convincing performances as a sub in the last two matches.
In an intensive opening spell, VfL Bochum dominated possession and won a couple of corners that unfortunately yielded nothing. In the 11 minute, Herbert Bockhorn was shown a yellow card for his first foul of the match. Five minutes on, the first good chance of the game fell to VfL Bochum with Losilla pinging a cross to Zoller whose header hit the side-netting.
Then SSV Sandhausen gained the upper hand with Keita-Ruel’s shot from the edge of the box saved by Riemann after 21 minutes. Just 60 seconds later, the ball fell to Keita-Ruel but his goal-bound shot was blocked by a defender.
In a hard-fought match, Paurevic saw a yellow card for a foul on Pantović after 41 minutes. Half a minute before half-time Žulj could only clear Halimi’s corner-kick as far as Röseler who returned the ball to Behrens. The Sandhausen attacker, who found himself unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box, headed the ball against the post and then was quickest to the rebound to squeeze the ball home. 1-0 just before the interval.
After the break, VfL Bochum took the initiative and more of the ball with head coach Thomas Reis substituting Bockhorn and Pantović with Holtmann and Ganvoula to increase the pressure after 63 minutes. Three minutes later, Soares played a through-ball to Žulj whose low shot was blocked by SVS keeper Kapino’s foot.
After 70 minutes, a loose ball came to Gamboa roughly 25 yards out who let fly but saw his ball narrowly go wide. Eight minutes later Žulj’s corner was headed on by Losilla for Bella Kotchap to try and back heel it but his effort was blocked once again. Reis now made another substitution with Eisfeld and debutant Luis Hartwig on for Tesche and Zoller after 83 minutes. It took Thomas Eisfeld a mere 30 seconds to make an impact with a precise cross from a free-kick which found Žulj who headed in from 10 yards.
Both teams were now going for the decider with Bochum losing the ball in attack in the 90 minute and inviting Sandhausen to break but fortunately Pena Zauner’s shot went wide for the game to finish in an ultimately fair 1-1 draw.
VfL Bochum now will have to try and build on this result away to in-form St Pauli on Thursday at 8:30 CET.
Thomas Reis (manager VfL Bochum 1848): We have to live with the 1-1, and we can live with it quite well. We knew beforehand what to expect here. We didn’t play very well in the first half. We tried to play football but lacked movement and motivation especially in midfield. We wanted to play deep passes, but we couldn’t really break through on the flanks. We then fell behind after a set-piece although we knew before that Sandhausen are very physically strong team. That was very annoying as there were only few chances to score at both ends. We wanted to change our game structure in the second half and consequently we challenged Sandhausen more often. It felt like we only really played in one of the halves. I have to make my team a compliment for fighting themselves back into the game after the set-back and for dominating the match. The equalizer was therefore deserved.
Michael Schiele (manager SV Sandhausen): Taking the entire 90minutes into account, the draw is the deserved result. We played a very well home match in the first half: we’ve been physically present, have put our opponents under constant pressure and have won a lot of balls. It was a pity that we didn’t manage to play one or the other ball upfront a little bit better or that we were better at dribbling the ball. I think we kept the opponent away from our goal quite successfully and deserved to take the lead. We even had the chance to extend the lead before half time. We defended deeper in the second half and only conceded once. The we didn’t defend the free kick very well and conceded the equalizer.
Luis Hartwig (VfL Bochum 1848): Of course, I was a bit nervous at the beginning. I knew that I would come in at 0-1 and the manager as well as the team were counting on me and that I would make my contribution. I gave everything and when I was on the pitch, the nervousness was gone. Then almost immediately after that we scored the equaliser, that was a great feeling. Now I have to keep training hard.
Robert Tesche (VfL Bochum 1848): We can be satisfied with the draw today. We didn’t show what we are actually capable of in the first half. We performed much better in the second half and played more aggressive and with more pace. We had one or two minor chances but none of them was really clear. Then we were a bit lucky to equalize after a free kick. It’s definitely a deserved point as we gave everything and fought hard to come back.
Thomas Eisfeld (VfL Bochum 1848): I don’t think that we can be satisfied at all today. In the first half we let ourselves be outplayed and dint really get into the duels. We made too many mistakes with the ball and had no depth in our play. Sandhausen were doing a great job there. We dominated the match after the half time break but after all only had this one good chance by Robert Zulj. All in all, we have to live with the draw, because our first half just wasn’t good enough to gain more than the one point. Of course, I’d like to play longer, that’s logical. I also try to train well and give it my all. When I get in and can reward myself with an assist like that, it’s nice for me. I’ll keep at it and we’ll see what happens.
Robert Zulj (VfL Bochum 1848): It was a tough battle over 90 minutes on a very bad pitch. Both teams fought hard, played a lot of long balls and there were many controversial situations. At the end of the day, we have to admit that we didn’t play well in the first half. We didn’t play deep enough and hardly created any chances upfront. In the second half, we wanted to change the way we played in one-on-one situations and improve our runs without the ball to gain more depth. I liked our team better that way. The change of team tactics led to my first chance, which was well defused by the keeper. Although it didn’t work out well in this situation, it luckily did a couple of minutes later. Of course, it was somewhat significant that the equaliser followed a set-piece. Against St Pauli, we’ll have to play as passionately and consequently as we did in the second half. We have to play more precisely and improve so that we can gain quality again. It’s always difficult to play at St Pauli, even if the opponent is not in a good position in the table. But we have to show what we did today in the second half over 90 minutes.