The new season has officially kicked off! We have played four matches with various results, and a new signing joined us on deadline day.
Viking starts off the season with a win
2 - 0
Viking kicked off their new season against Molde in Stavanger, and it was the home team that dominated this game. Viking came to a lot of chances in the first half, but did not manage to score. In the second half, Viking kept on looking for a goal and in the 57th minute, Veton Berisha scored his and Viking's first goal of the season. Twenty minutes later, Berisha scored his second goal of the match.
Henrik Steinnes, manager of Viking, met the press for a post-match press conference. "I'm glad that we started with a victory. Molde is a very strong side and beating them is a huge confidence boost for the next matches." "What are your thoughts on Veton Berisha's performance today?
" "He was outstanding today. He truly deserved his MotM award something the two goals proved."
Other results from the first round:
Stabæk 0 - 0 Brann
Odd 0 - 0 Sogndal
Rosenborg 3 - 2 Sandnes Ulf
Sandefjord 0 - 1 Haugesund
Start 2 - 0 Strømsgodset
Tromsø 0 - 3 Lillestrøm
Vålerenga 0 - 1 Hønefoss
Two in a row for Viking
1 - 2
The Battle of Rogaland took place in the second round of the league when Viking travelled north to Haugesund. Jostein Grindhaug's men won the last time the two teams met, and Viking's season went downhill from the defeat.
It did not look like things were going to change when Aram Khalili put Haugesund 1-0 up 20 minutes into the game which was also the score at half time. Henrik Steinnes must have said something quite inspirational during the break, because it was a totally different Viking team playing in the second half. They pushed on for an equaliser, and the hard work payed off. Makhtar Thioune scored after 72 minutes to make it 1-1. And good became even better when Veton Berisha scored his third goal in two games and secured Viking back-to-back victories in the league.
Viking manager Henrik Steinnes was happy with how they turned the match around in the second half. "It is never easy to play against Haugesund away, but the way we won the game today really made me proud of the team."
Other results from the second round:
Brann 2 - 1 Sandefjord
Hønefoss 0 - 0 Stabæk
Sandnes Ulf 2 - 4 Start
Sogndal 2 - 3 Tromsø
Strømsgodset 1 - 1 Odd
Molde 0 - 0 Rosenborg
Lillestrøm 2 - 2 Vålerenga
Brann too strong for Viking in a slow match
0 - 1
Already in the third league round we got to see the first Best in West derby. Viking had won their first two matches of the season and was looking for their third against arch rivals, and last years winners, Brann.
The game itself was quite boring and the only thing worth writing home about was Mads Stokkelien's magnificent finish in the 19th minute. He recieved the ball right outside the egde of the box and smashed it into the top corner.
Viking manager Henrik Steinnes was disappointed after the match. "It was a poor display really. Niether sides wanted to play football today, and the match was decided by a lucky strike. Very disappointing."
Other results from the third round:
Tromsø 2 - 4 Strømsgodset
Odd 2 - 1 Sandnes Ulf
Sandefjord 0 - 0 Hønefoss
Stabæk 3 - 0 Lillestrøm
Start 3 - 1 Rosenborg
Vålerenga 4 - 0 Sogndal
Haugesund 3 - 2 Molde
Viking not able to beat 10-men Lillestrøm
0 - 0
After the defeat to Brann, Viking were hoping to strike back with a victory against Lillestrøm. The game started slowly with few chances for both teams, but Viking's hopes grew when Lillestrøm striker Fredrik Gulbrandsen made a terrible tackle and was sent off the pitch. Viking played just over a half against ten men, but could not convert their chances into goal.
Viking manager left the stadium without seeing the press stating that there was nothing to talk about.
Other results from the fourth round:
Odd 0 - 1 Start
Haugesund 0 - 0 Hønefoss
Stabæk 1 - 3 Strømsgodset
Tromsø 1 - 2 Rosenborg
Vålerenga 2 - 1 Sandnes Ulf
Brann 2 - 0 Molde
Sandefjord 3 - 1 Sogndal
Viking confirms Kind Bendiksen deal
Viking has confirmed on their official website that they have signed the 24-year old midfielder Thomas Kind Bendiksen from Tromsø in a deal worth £130,000. Kind Bendiksen was signed on deadline day and was reportedly in contract talks with many clubs. Viking manager Henrik Steinnes is looking forward to see his new signing in action. "He truly is a great footballer, and I have high expectations for him. He will be a very important player in the squad."
Fixtures in April
Hønefoss - Viking
Sogndal - Viking
Viking - Strømsgodset
Sandnes Ulf - Viking
Match of the month:
Viking will only have to travel 10 miles when they meet rivals Sandnes Ulf. Sandnes Ulf shocked everyone last season by finishing 4th in the league, while Viking finished just above them on goal difference.