”It feels like we’ve had a real kick in the teeth this month by losing that tie against Salzburg so heavily because it put us along way behind them in the hunt for the title. They’re really motoring away, continuing from where they left off at the end of last season and we should all be worried at how well they’re doing this year. However, we have resurrected our campaign since then, beating both Rapid and Wacker Innsbruck to earn six huge points and that is all we could ask for from the team. The Rapid win was particularly pleasing, considering we were behind at half time but we turned the tides on them and came out in the second half with a fresh outlook and we played some brilliant football to overcome our bitter rivals and we’re right back in the mix for the league title now. We should have beaten Wacker Innsbruck by a bigger scoreline but again we struggled in front of goal but fortunately for us James Jeggo was in fine form and was able to score a very good goal to get us the three points that mean we’re only four points behind Salzburg now. We can claw this back, especially if we keep winning games the way we have done at the end of the Month. Beating Standard in the Europa League after the draw with Basel was a huge result for us and we’re really in amongst it in our Europa League group too which is really exciting and we have a very good chance of playing European football into the new year if we can continue to grind out positive results in the Europa League.”
Commentstenthreeleader: A big boost to morale and a huge boost to our chances of qualifying now!
ScottT: It is definitely within our own hands now
Jack: The ball is definitely in our court, we’ve just got to make sure we keep it there and take charge of the situation
Justice: We’re coming for you Europe!
Griffo: We’ve got this
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└ This post was edited by mgriffin2012 (2019-01-17 22:08, 15 hours ago)
A four point gap is manageable, as Salzburg are bound to drop points at some stage of the season. Hopefully you'll be in a position to capitalise when they do. A good recovery after a demoralising result against them, so it shows that the character is there.
As an Australian, I can tell you I have never heard of James Jeggo but now... #jeggoforsocceroos
You're right up there, very few points separating you and top spot. RB Salzburg seem to be in a world of their own but I imagine you can stay in touch.
Standard Defeat Leaves Die Vielchen In The BalanceAustria Wien: P Pentz, F Klein (T Ebner 46), Jubal, T Hubocan, C Cuevas, Can Keles, J Jeggo, D Fitz (Lucas Venuto 66), A Grunwald, B Eleke, B Edomwonyi (K Friesenbichler 81)
Standard Liege: G Ochoa, L Cavanda, S Pocognoli, U Agbo, C Fai, S Bastien, G Cimirot, M Carcela, R Marin, M Lestienne, O Sa
Die Vielchen’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the Europa League were left hanging in the balance by a disappointing defeat at the Generali Arena against Belgian side Standard Liege. Having kept their ambitions of progression alive by beating the Belgians 1-0 away in Liege, Austria Wien were hopeful of picking up a positive result at home against Standard but were brushed aside comfortably meaning Christopher Steegmann’s side are yet to win at the Generali Arena in European competition this season and Die Vielchen are now up against it with two games remaining in the Group Stages of the campaign.
After four games in this campaign, Group H though is still extremely tight with just a single point separating Standard in first place and FC Basel in fourth place in the group and Die Vielchen still hold their destiny in their own hands, knowing that if they pick up positive results against both Olympiakos and Basel on Matchdays 5 and 6, they will qualify for the Round of 32 of the competition. Steegmann and the Austria fans remain defiant though, especially with Die Vielchen being ranked the lowest seeded side in Group H at the break of play back in September.
However, here at the Generali Arena, it was doom and gloom for the hosts as early as the eleventh minute as Razvan Marin fired home a powerful effort before Samuel Bastien doubled the visitors lead with a tap in from inside the penalty area in a vicious double blow. The game had begun similar to the heavy thumping Salzburg handed out at the Generali Arena only a few weeks back and the tension was palpable inside Die Vielchen’s home. Meanwhile Austria attempted to push forward in search of a way back into the tie, but their hopes seem to fade when Alexander Grunwald missed a 62nd minute penalty after which Steegmann claimed it may be time for Die Vielchen to think about changing their designated spot kick taker. Samuel Bastien’s late strike in the dying seconds of stoppage time was the icing on the cake for Standard as they sealed an emphatic victory.
It means that after the latest round of results, Standard Liege have moved up to first in the group, with six points from their four games in the group, whilst Die Vielchen slide down into third with five points to their name. Meanwhile in Piraeus, Olympiakos put 3 past Basel in a 3-1 victory over Basel, to move into second and send Basel bottom of the group, although both sides, alongside Austria Wien now have 5 points after four games. On Matchday 5, Die Vielchen will host Olympiakos at the Generali Arena, whilst Standard Liege will host Basel as all four sides look to cement their bids to qualify.
CommentScottT: We’re going to have to put together a really strong run now and hope they do slip up but I know we have more than enough quality to go on and do that!
Griffo: To be fair he’s got quite a few caps according to the game…
Justice: They’re certainly not untouchable and we can definitely close the gap on them!
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That's a tough loss to take and really does leave the group at a point where it is all to play for. I thought it would quite an unpredictable group, as the balance of teams are quite similar and therefore it leaves it wide open. Fingers crossed you can bounce back.
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