A Cock and Red Bull Story – Part 4 | @cmclassicsquads

Hallo meine fußball freunde! it’s that time again so pour yourself a Red Bull and buckle up for another flight to Leipzig. Last week we continued our good form and climbed to 2nd in the table, so let us resume…

We start at home against Gütersloh, who are 10th. They smashed us 4-1 last time, but we did have our keeper sent off. We’re under pressure right from the off, and Kläsener sees red. Things get even worse when the visitors lead on the stroke of half time.

I wasn’t relishing the second half, but when Kostmann sees red on 54, it seems to be a turning point, and after Petkovic scores the penalty, their sub keeper scores an own goal, and Sritong-In finishes off what was looking like an unlikely win at half time. Holzer was man of the match again.

I wasn’t sure what to expect at the beginning of this save, but the group of players I’ve thrown together have really done me proud, and when I’m awarded manager of the month for February, I’m quick to make them aware that it’s all thanks to them.

We gave Stuttgart Kickers a 4-1 kicking last time we faced them. We’re unchanged again. Younga-Mouhani seems to have got his act together after being substituted at half time in the last match, and he fires in a brace to give us a 2-0 half time lead.

Late goals are traded in the second half, and Younga-Mouhani scores his second hat trick of the season, and adds another man of the match award to his growing collection. What a find he has been. The news gets better as Jena slip to a draw, which means we are now top of the league for the first time.

Just as I’m waxing lyrical about Younga-Mouhani, I’m greeted with this. That’s him out for the remainder of the season. Football can be a cruel, cruel game sometimes.

Onwards and upwards, and our next game is at home to 13th-placed St. Pauli, who we thrashed 4-1 away. As if Younga-Mouhani’s injury wasn’t enough, Gomes has picked up a knock, and Kläsener and Nyamah are suspended, so in come Duncan, Leónidas and Loren.

With so many changes to our side, it comes as little surprise that we’re behind at half time, although we’ve had a few chances but have been blunt up front. We keep trying in the second half, but St. Pauli frustrate us, and we slip to a disappointing home defeat. Our spell at the top lasted just a week, as Jena won.

Moving swiftly on, it’s the second Leipzig derby of the season, and VfB, who we beat 2-1 last time, sit bottom of the pile. Kläsener is back for Duncan, and Gomes is on the bench. It’s looking like a goalless first half, but new boy Loren scores to give us the lead.

Sritong-In’s scoring has been a bit stop-start of late, but he’s on form today and makes it 2-0 just past the hour, and it’s 3-0 just a minute later after a rare Oelkuch goal. The hosts pull a goal back on 79, but we’re back to winning ways.

Zwickau are next, and they’re doing ok in 6th place. It was a close one last time, and we squeaked a 2-1 win. We’re unchanged from the last match.

I’m beginning to think that maybe an Oelkuch goal isn’t so rare as he gets his second in as many games to give us a 1-0 half time lead, and a 7-minute Sritong-In brace seals the visitors’ fate early in the second half as we seal a comfortable 3-0 win.

Having been in pole position for a while, Jena are now 4th after a few recent bad results, but this will still be a good match, and we beat them 2-1 last time, so we have recent history on our side. The last thing you need is your top striker being suspended for a match like this, but that’s the case for Sritong-In, so Salihamidzic starts up front.

Jena come flying out of the traps, and after having a goal disallowed on 2 minutes, they take a deserved lead on 7. Müller is on for Salihamidzic at half time, and Nyamah replaces the injured Petkovic on 58, but the game settles and sees no more action as the clock ticks down.

I was hoping Petkovic’s injury wasn’t a serious one, but no such luck unfortunately.

Anyway, as Freddie Mercury would say, the show must go on, and we welcome 8th-placed Düsseldorf, who we beat 3-2 last time. Sritong-In returns for Salihamidzic, and Nyamah replaces Petkovic. The first half isn’t really worth writing about, as both teams cancel each other out and it’s goalless at the break.

The visitors lead just past the hour, and as I’m mentally preparing to put on a smile to go and shake the hand of my opposite number, Uli Maslo, we’re awarded a penalty after a handball. Leónidas fires it home and we snatch what could be a valuable point.

This week’s final game is away to bottom of the table Unterhaching, who we walloped 4-0 earlier in the season. We’re unchanged from the last match. I’ve barely taken my seat, and there’s been 2 goals in the first 2 minutes, and it stays 1-1 until half time.

The first half was frustrating to say the least, after we had 3/9 shots on target, compared to their single effort. We keep pressing but to no avail, and can’t make our extra man count after the hosts have a man sent off on 71 minutes. Interestingly, their centre back, Ralf Bucher was man of the match, and he went off injured after 63 minutes, that must have been some performance.

We stay top for a day, but Freiburg win the following day and we’re back to 2nd, but still in the promotion spots.

Join us for the final part next week, as we face 3 of the top 10 sides, and 1 of the bottom sides in our last 4 games. Can we seal promotion at the first attempt? Tune in next week to find out!

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