DASCHNER AND METCALFE END HOME DROUGHT AGAINST HANNOVER
FC St. Pauli beat Hannover 2-0 in the first home game of the year on Sunday in front of 29,456 fans at the Millerntor. Lukas Daschner and Connor Metcalfe fired the Boys in Brown into a deserved half-time lead, and once Hannover defender Phil Neumann had been sent off for a second bookable offence on 61, the Hürzeler XI saw the game out to secure their first home win over the visitors since 1994.
Hürzeler calls on players to be brave and have faith in their ability
Three points will be at stake again for the first time since the goalless draw against Holstein Kiel in the final home game before the mid-season break 90 days ago when the Boys in Brown run out against Hannover 96 at the Millerntor on Sunday (13.30 CET). In the run-up to the first home game since the league returned to action, head coach Fabian Hürzeler took time out to answer questions from the media.
HÜRZELER XI HIT FOR FOUR BY THIRD DIVISION OLDENBURG
FC St. Pauli went down 4-0 against third division VfB Oldenburg in a friendly on Monday afternoon, one day after the 1-0 win at Nürnberg. Patrick Hasenhüttl, Kebba Badjie, Jakob Bookjans and Rafael Brand got the goals for the third division side in front of just under 200 fans in Rotenburg (Wümme).
HÜRZELER HAILS SECOND-HALF IMPROVEMENT
A perfect start, even if some things weren't perfect. Nevertheless, the Boys in Brown started the second half of the season with a deserved three points at Nürnberg, even though the hosts had more chances, especially in the first half. The mood in the camp after the final whistle was thus one of satisfaction. Here's the pick of the post-match reaction.
BOYS IN BROWN END AWAY CURSE WITH 1-0 WIN AT NÜRNBERG
FC St. Pauli kicked off the second half of the season with a 1-0 win at FC Nürnberg on Sunday. In front of 30,871 spectators, Jakov Medić headed home following a corner to give his side a 33rd minute lead. The Boys in Brown defended with passion after the interval to hang on for a 1-0 win, thus ending a run of six winless games and claiming their first three-point haul on the road since February last year.
Hürzeler: "Have to stay true to our style and philosophy"
The second half of the season kicks off for the Boys in Brown at FC Nürnberg on Sunday (13.30 CET). In the run-up to the game, head coach Fabian Hürzeler answered a host of questions from the media representatives at the pre-match news conference.
Hartel: "We're a team, we'll give our all for each other"
More than six weeks of winter preparations lie behind the Boys in Brown. On Sunday (13.30), they kick off the second half of the season with a trip to FC Nürnberg. Midfielder Marcel Hartel took time out in the run-up to field questions from the media.
HÜRZELER: "I TAKE A LOT OF POSITIVES FROM THE GAME"
The Boys in Brown concluded their preparations for the second half of the season with a scoreless draw against Danish top-division club FC Midtjylland at the Millerntor. After the final whistle, the mood in the camp after the dress rehearsal for the league resumption at FC Nürnberg was one of satisfaction.
MIDTJYLLAND DRESS REHEARSAL ENDS GOALLESS
FC St. Pauli played out a goalless draw with FC Midtjylland in the fourth and final warm-up game before the second half of the season kicks off. A crowd of 5,731 at the Millerntor saw an evenly balanced contest with little goalmouth action at either end, with the best of the chances falling to Valdemar Byskov for the Danes and Manolis Saliakas, who hit the crossbar, and David Otto for the Boys in Brown.
HÜRZELER: "THE TEAM KNOW I'M THEIR BIGGEST FAN, BUT ALSO THEIR BIGGEST CRITIC"
Fabian Hürzeler and his team face one last test on Saturday when they take on FC Midtjylland in their final warm-up game before the battle for important league points resumes at FC Nürnberg. At the news conference on Thursday morning, the head coach took answer questions from the Hamburg media.