Ritzka: "Paqa and I are different characters"
FC St. Pauli will be without Leart Paqarada for the home game against FC Heidenheim, which means Lars Ritzka is in with a good chance of making his second start for the Boys in Brown. As you might expect, the 24-year-old left-back came in for particular media attention after training on Tuesday. Here’s a recap of what he had to say to the assembled journalists...
Smith: "Have to look in the mirror and say we’re not doing enough"
With the next game against Heidenheim just over a week away, the Boys in Brown have plenty of time to prepare for part two of the first half of the season. Midway through the international break, Eric Smith took time out to answer questions from the media after training on Thursday.
BOYS IN BROWN FOCUSING ON OWN STRENGTHS AT REGENSBURG
Eastern Bavaria is the destination for FC St. Pauli as they look to add three points to their tally on Sunday (13.30). The Boys in Brown go to Jahn Regensburg determined to focus on their own strengths. They also have a reunion with old friends to look forward to.
NEMETH: "IF WE PLAY TO OUR POTENTIAL, WE CAN BE SUCCESSFUL"
Austrian new boy David Nemeth has established himself in central defence alongside Jakov Medić. The 21-year-old, who has started every game since returning from injury, has impressed with some excellent performances. After training on Thursday morning, Nemeth took questions from the media.
SCHULTZ: "IT WOULD HAVE BEEN GAME OVER IF WE’D MADE IT 2-0"
The Boys in Brown drew for the third time in succession against Sandhausen, though three points were well within their grasp. A failure to take their chances and some poor defending from set pieces put paid to the hoped-for home win. After the game, the sense of disappointment was tangible. Here’s the pick of the reaction.
DOMINANT BOYS IN BROWN HELD BY SANDHAUSEN
FC St. Pauli drew 1-1 with SV Sandhausen on Sunday to miss out on a third home win. The Boys in Brown dominated from start to finish in front of a capacity crowd and deservedly went in a goal to the good at the break thanks to a 38th minute strike by captain Jackson Irvine, only for David Kinsombi to deny them the hoped-for home victory on 71.
Patience and defensive stability the key to three points against Sandhausen
SV Sandhausen are the visitors to Millerntor Stadium on Sunday (13.30) CET. The Boys in Brown are targeting their third win in four home games, while Sandhausen will be out to open their away account having failed to pick up a point on their travels thus far. With the visitors typically solid at the back and quick in transition, the Schultz XI will need plenty of patience up front and added stability in defence.