LATE SAAD STRIKE NOT ENOUGH TO WARD OFF DEFEAT AT SCHALKE
FC St. Pauli lost 3-1 at FC Schalke 04 on Friday evening. Yusuf Kabadayi gave the home side a two-goal lead before Elias Saad pulled one back in the 89th minute, only for Kenan Karaman to condemn the Boys in Brown to defeat with a third goal in stoppage time.
Afolayan: "When we perform, we perform for the fans"
Oladapo Afolayan had a major hand in the 4-3 win at Holstein Kiel with his two goals. In the run-up to the next outing under the lights at FC Schalke on Friday evening (18.30 CET), the Englishman took questions from the media.
IRVINE: "TODAY WAS ABOUT ONE THING ONLY AND THAT WAS THREE POINTS"
What a game! The Boys in Brown won a seven-goal thriller at Kiel thanks to an impressive first-half display. Though the lads were critical of the performance after the interval, they shared the view that tonight was all about three points, and three points was what they got.
BRUTALLY EFFICIENT BOYS IN BROWN EDGE SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER AT KIEL
FC St. Pauli secured a 4-3 victory in the top-of-the-table matchup with second-placed Holstein Kiel on Friday evening. In a clinical first-half showing the Boys in Brown raced into a three-nil lead thanks to a brace from Oladapo Afolayan sandwiched around a Marcel Hartel strike. Shuto Machino pulled one back after the break before Connor Metcalfe restored the three-goal advantage, only for Joshua Mees and Alexander Bernhardsson to reduce the deficit to one. The Hürzeler XI stood firm, though, to seal three vital points.
Hürzeler: "No normal game but still only three points to be had"
The Boys in Brown go to Holstein Kiel on Friday for an eagerly awaited showdown between the sides in first and second place (18.30 CET). In the run-up, head coach Fabian Hürzeler looked ahead to the top-of-the-table clash in conversation with the media.
Treu: "I always try to surpass myself and give more than 100 per cent"
With the Boys in Brown gearing for another top-of-the-table clash at second-placed Holstein Kiel on Friday evening (18.30 CET), full-back Philipp Treu looked ahead to the encounter in conversation with the media on Tuesday.
Banks: "I'm already looking forward to the moment"
The 1-0 home win over Eintracht Braunschweig was yet another game Scott Banks was reduced to watching from the stands, having torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture back in September. The Scottish winger is working hard on his return, though, and can hardly wait to get back on the training ground with the rest of the squad.
Hürzeler: "Huge compliments for the way we defended in the last 25 minutes"
The Boys in Brown were made to work hard over a high-intensity 90 minutes, 25 of them down to ten, but eventually got the better of Eintracht Braunschweig by the only goal of the game. After the game the consensus was positive.
AFOLAYAN ON TARGET AS TEN-MEN BOYS IN BROWN BEAT BRAUNSCHWEIG
FC St. Pauli beat Eintracht Braunschweig by a goal to nil at the Millerntor on Sunday afternoon. In what was a high-intensity affair from the off, Oladapo Afolayan notched the only goal of the game in the 32nd minute. A second yellow card for Elias Saad midway through the second half reduced the Boys in Brown to ten, but they defended with passion to clinch a narrow, yet not undeserved home win.
Hürzeler: "Need to go deep and take up good positions in the pockets"
Next up for the Boys in Brown after their opening league defeat of the season at Magdeburg last time out is a home game against Eintracht Braunschweig on Sunday. Head coach Fabian Hürzeler took time out in Mallorca on Friday morning to answer questions sent in by the media.