Another cringe-worthy defensive performance cost us after we came back from 2-0 down only to once again throw away points.
Admittedly the home side dominated most of the game and we hardly had a look in for the first 30 minutes or so. They completed destroyed our shaky defence in less than a minute to give themselves the lead. Dante fired forward a long ball to Julian Draxler who was in an offside position but for some reason Niklas Süle attempted to clear but could only knock the ball on thus bringing Draxler into play.
The German attacker sped forward before sliding it across for Max Kruse to fire into an almost empty net. Draxler was also involved in the second only six minutes later when a cross from Christian Träsch found its way to the former Schalke man and he crossed in for Bas Dost. Dost had managed to exploit our defensive weaknesses and found himself in space inside the box having dropped off from Ermin Bicakcic. It seemed then that we were done and dusted but somehow and from nowhere we managed to start a fight back.
Pavel Kaderabek was brought off after 22 minutes for Kim Jin-Su forcing Jeremy Toljan to switch from left back to right back. This move turned out to be a stroke of genius from Markus Gisdol as Toljan made a lung-bursting run down the right-hand side and was found in space by Eugen Polanski. He drove forward into the box and instead of sliding it across goal to Kevin Volland as I was shouting at him to do he decided to go it alone and produced a composed finish to get us one back. Ten minutes after the restart the fight back was complete when Volland on the edge of the box poked the ball forward for Jonathan Schmid whose initial shot was blocked by Diego Benaglio (ex-TSG keeper Koen Casteels was on the bench) but he managed to squeeze the rebound in at the near post.
Despite being second best for the whole of the game so far we had managed to get ourselves level which made the loss all the more frustrating as we once again gave up two soft goals. The first came eight minutes after our second when another ex-TSG man, Luis Gustavo, found Kruse in acres of space inside our box and he had no one within a two metre radius when he found the back of the net. He completed his hat trick in the 83rd minute when Wolfsburg broke forward quickly as we chased an equaliser. Süle seemed to have Kruse covered but fell asleep allowing him to gain room and produce the best of his three finishes.
Onwards to tonight’s game against HSV which is now a must win as go into this round of fixtures sitting second to bottom with only Augsburg in possession of a worse record.
- Fighting back from 2-0 down after seemingly being down and out.
- Oliver Baumann had great game despite conceding four goal which were thanks mainly to the defence.
- Front three continue to look dangerous.
- Süle has so far not been close to the player he was before his ACL tear.
- The midfield were unable to take control of the game.
- Defensive lapses once again cost us, Bicakcic losing Dost for the second goal for example.