BERGEN (VG) (Brann – Stabæk 1–1) The crisis continues for Brann. Seven consecutive games without a win seem very difficult, admits coach Kåre Ingebrigtsen (54).
– It’s hard. I feel. It’s been a difficult period when you don’t win football matches, Kåre Ingebrigtsen told VG.
61 days. Or two months a day, if you prefer. That was when Brann won the Elite Series for the last time. Against Stabæk in Nadderud (2–0). In the football city of Bergen, it is considered a disaster. Ingebrigtsen was supposed to increase the team – and even announced ambitions for league gold in the short term – when it was introduced in August.
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He admits that he does not regret having scored hairy goals when he took the job after his predecessor Lars Arne Nilsen. And he says: – I had a little idea of what I was looking for. It is a team that has won just 16 football matches in two years. And then I can’t say that I won’t be surprised if it will take too long. But honestly, I was hopeful that we would have gone further than what has been shown so far.
Now it smells like Brann’s demotion. It was a victory in nine games. Three ended in a draw. And five gave losses. This gives only six points. At the start of the standings (lost to Sandefjord on Saturday 0-1), there are five points.
– I’m looking at the table. Those coaches who say they don’t lie. But I think nothing but that we can start winning football games, and that doesn’t depend so much on those who are right in front of us at the table, says Ingebrigtsen.
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It looked promising to Brann with the strong wind at the stadium on Saturday night. They had taken over. And the biggest chance in the first half. Fredrik Haugen hit from a distance, hit the crossbar and lit up hope for the Reds.
– You must realize that we are at war
Scorer Barmen smiled a little after a point, like the coach he uses to use the word Hawaiian football.
– We have struggled a little to put the ball in the net. Stabæk takes some initiative before we start the final sprint. But we must realize that we are at war, we need all the points, Kristoffer Barmen told Norway TV.
Kåre Ingebrigtsen and his newly hired assistant, Eirik Horneland, who, like Ingebrigtsen, was hired at Rosenborg as head coach – joked and laughed on the bench – and probably had the feeling of a long-awaited triumph.
But doubt obviously dominated the well-known pair of coaches – and Brann’s eleven players – when Stabæk took the lead in the 51st minute. Emil Bohinen hit an ingenious pass, as he usually does, and when Jon-Helge Tveita helped with a clumsy touch, the path was open for Oliver Edvardsen, who easily scored at Håkon Opdal.
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Four minutes later, there was a chance that could double the advantage for Stabæk. However, Marcus Antonsson decided that he would like to do his job and hit the target with a straight header.
Then Brann responded after a long period of pressure. Gilli Rolantsson rocked in a corner where Petter Strand put his toe and flicked. Kristoffer Barmen defined the equalizer with his head.
– There will be a somewhat mediocre climate after so long that we didn’t win. But I am convinced that exactly this the match we won with full bleachers. We miss the fans a lot now during the Korean crisis. They are our twelfth man, says Kristoffer Barmen.
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It has been a long time since Stabæk’s last victory in Bergen. Brann had four consecutive championship winners. This statistic – lossless – is five years. But there are three points that Brann needs now.
– a little naive
The berries that were strong at home in Nadderud, but were messed up on foreign grass this fall. Coach Jan Jönsson’s team had zero points in the last two – and 0-6 on goal difference (against Odd and Sarpsborg) – but could easily have won in Bergen.
– We are good in a strange way. Sometimes we are a little naive. But we are probably the team with the most chances. And this match could have ended with three points, but we have to take one with us, Jan Jönsson told Norway TV.
Opdal saved a great chance at the end of the match. While Brann “saw the ball in the goal” when Bamba was inches away, seconds before the end.
Emil Bohinen delivered another good match for Stabæk. He ruled the midfield. He won important duels and had top scorers. But he was dissatisfied with just one point.
– I think the way we score goals is cheap. We had good control at 1-0 and we should have punched the match and moved up to 2-0 shortly after, says Emil Bohinen.
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