HSV Head Coach Makes Admission After Damaging Result

New HSV head coach Steffen Baumgart has admitted his side is low on confidence after they missed out on the chance to reel in the leaders in the 2. Bundesliga this weekend.

The former Paderborn boss has only been in the job for two weeks, but he’s already seen examples of why his side is third, rather than leading the race for a spot in the top flight. This weekend, they missed a golden chance to go second and close the gap on leaders St Pauli.

With Schalke beating St Pauli 3-1 on Friday, and Kiel only drawing 2-2 with Hertha, it meant Hamburg could go into second with a win. The only obstacle was a visit from bottom side VFL Osnabruck, without an away win all season. 57,000 supporters crammed into the Volksparkstadion in a game officiated by Richard Hempel, who, at 26, is the youngest man to appear in the middle at the stadium.

Within six minutes, Osnabruck bagged an unlikely opener, with Lukas Kunge bagging after a free kick evaded the home defence. On the stroke of halftime, the young referee was centre of attention as he awarded a spot kick to the home side, which Robert Glatzel bagged.

In the second half, a bitty, broken game didn’t particularly entertain the packed stadium,  but when Hempel sent off Maxwell Gyamfi with 14 minutes to go, it felt like the home side might be able to make their play for second place. However, with barely a minute remaining, the referee made his third big decision, giving the visitors a penalty, which Michale Cruisance netted.

“If you want to bring the quality that the team has onto the pitch, you have to start with passion. And we didn’t do that,” said Baumgart after the game. “In many small situations, there is simply a lack of precision and a bit of a lack of self-confidence. And that’s clearly my job, to get the boys to play with more self-confidence.”

Whilst the result did little for Hamburg, it did help VFL close the gap on their rivals. They’ve now registered back-to-back wins and have lost just one of their last six league matches. They are four points behind Hansa now and six behind Braunschweig.

Site Opinion

It’s been a tough time for HSV, having changed head coach in February despite pushing for promotion. A win, which should have been routine, would have been massive. The visitors only had three shots on goal and they scored two of them!

Baumgart’s side certainly has quality, and it is now the coach’s job to instil belief. He’ll have to do it quickly; two of their next three matches are against Dusseldrof and Furth, both only a win or so below HSV in the table.

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