FCH debutant Malone wants "come in even more defensively"

The 1. FC Heidenheim won for the first time this season on the local Schlossberg. In the 2-1 win against Dynamo Dresden, Frank Schmidt and his players had to be patient.

Entering the debut with full tension: Maurice Malone.

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After the last “too few goals”, as FCH coach Schmidt stated on the sidelines of the Dresden game, the home side began against SGD with Maurice Malone on loan from Augsburg in the front row next to Tim Kleindienst. The former junior international got off to a great start in a lively start phase with a twisting shot after 81 seconds, which Kevin Broll parried strongly. The early lead followed after a single action by Tobias Mohr (5th).

However, the Heidenheimers had to wait a long time until Robert Leipertz scored the 2-1 winner. It was not until the 90th minute that the hosts’ fans met with great cheers, and a little later the first home three was in the towel.

1. FC Heidenheim – The last games
Dynamo Dresden

Dresden (H)

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Augsburg (H)

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Early pressing pays off

“It was our plan to push up the first few minutes. When we made it 1-0, we were there right away. Tobi Mohr makes that strong and maintains an overview,” said Schmidt, praising the lively start of his team, with a “but” to add: “Unfortunately, the lead didn’t give us the ball security we needed to stay in the game better.”

The relief after the final whistle was all the greater. “We all took a huge stone from our hearts, because if you now go back to the fourth home game with a draw, it would have been very, very frustrating,” said Oliver Hüsing, referring to the draws against Paderborn, Rostock and HSV. “Hats off to the team”, how they reacted to the equalization by Chris Löwe (51.), added the captain and was particularly impressed by the “real fireworks” of the last 20 minutes: “We are fully on the 2-1 gone and were finally rewarded for it. ”

Quick acclimatization as a goal

With Malone joining the team, more victories should follow. Against Dresden, the variable offensive man was primarily concerned with getting used to the FCH quickly, which is to be welcomed with an initial loan of only one year. “You mustn’t forget that it was his first second division game, and then an intense one too. It was important to me that he get to know it,” explained Schmidt. His coach is sure that Malone will be one step further in the next game.

Malone himself was satisfied with his second division premiere (kicker rating 3.5), but also thought back to the missed opportunity at the beginning: “With the goal it would of course have been a great debut,” said the 21-year-old who scored twelve goals in 35 third division games for SV Wehen Wiesbaden. His final verdict: “Offensive I have all the freedom, defensively, of course, I have to come into the team even more. That will be better in the next few weeks.”

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