Hartberg was beaten by Salzburg 2-0. However, the Styrians were satisfied with their own performance over long stretches.
Rene Swete had his hands full against the Salzburg offensive.
TSV Hartberg kept the goal clean against FC Red Bull Salzburg in the first half. After the break, goalie Rene Swete had to admit defeat twice. Fernando and Capaldo gave the Bulls a 2-0 away win. Hartberg was able to put a few pinpricks in the half and be angry that he didn’t take a chance here. “If you want to take something with you against Salzburg, then you have to take the lead at some point,” said coach Klaus Schmidt into the “Sky” microphone after the game.
Nevertheless, Schmidt also finds praise for the performance of his players: “The team implemented it really well up to the 50th minute.” The 54-year-old was amazed at the speed of the Salzburg defenders. “I thought that the Seth Paintsil was invincible in tempo runs or distance runs in the sprint, but unfortunately we were taught better today. There are defenders in Salzburg who can keep up the pace. That is of course individual quality, then it will be even harder to turn the game into something countable.”
Goalkeeper Rene Swete had to distinguish himself several times against the Salzburg offensive. He was “generally dissatisfied” with defeats, but also said: “That was okay today, especially in the first half. Then it was the classic game against Salzburg again, they then switch to Okafor. Salzburg’s qualities will come along more and more into the game. Then it’s 2-0. But it’s a game that’s perfectly fine for us.”
The departure of Donis Avdijaj also made itself felt in Hartberg’s game against Salzburg. The German recently switched to FC Zurich. Die Steirer has not yet been able to present a replacement. According to Schmidt, you don’t want to rush anything: “We’ll wait a day or two before we jump into the blue. We’re working on one or the other player and I hope that there’ll be a report of completion soon.”
After the game, Salzburg was more than happy about the work victory. Maximilian Wöber says: “Both halves were ok in terms of play. We created three top chances in the first half and failed at goal three times. Of course that’s difficult against a Hartberg. They defended deep in deep blocks. So many You can’t create chances and you have to use your own chances.
Defensive man Amar Dedic, who was in the starting XI for the first time in the Bundesliga, had double reason to celebrate. “Of course it’s great that we won on my debut. It was a solid party from us. We may not have excelled, but in the first half we had to score two or three goals and that’s what happened with the win.”
No new goalie
Goalkeeper Philipp Köhn once again made a somewhat unfortunate impression at Salzburg. The Bulls were lucky that Hartberg shot wide of the goal. Despite the shaky form, Salzburg, in the person of sporting director Christoph Freund, is still convinced of the first goalkeeper: “Basically, Philipp has the utmost confidence and does his job very well.” Freund denies rumors that a goalkeeper could join Salzburg: “I completely rule that out.”
Freund also announced on Saturday that Benjamin Sesko will continue to play for Salzburg. “But he will definitely stay with us. He feels very comfortable here and will use the next few months to develop further. Salzburg is the perfect club for him at the moment.”