Zwickau and the "really stupid ten minutes"

Today’s 3-1 defeat against SC Verl sealed a new – albeit negative – club record at FSV Zwickau: Seven games without a win – FSV has never started the season as badly as in the sixth third division year.

Davy Frick (left FSV Zwickau), here in a duel with Verls Ron Berlinski, experienced “really stupid ten minutes” with his team.

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The duel against SC Verl got off to a promising start: the Saxons performed bravely, created their first chances and went in the front with a Schikora header in the 36th minute. But as in the three previous home games, Zwickau did not manage to defend this lead. Then came what Frick called “really stupid ten minutes” at the MagentaSport microphone at the end of the game: Before half-time, Verl turned the game around with a double strike from Sapina (43rd) and Schäfer (45th) and increased immediately after the restart Rabihic (46th) to 3: 1 – the early preliminary decision.

“I think it was again a game that was unnecessary to lose. And yet again we didn’t manage to do more things right than wrong,” said Toni Wachsmuth, Zwickau’s sports director, summarizing the high error rate at MDR . Because if you look at the goals you conceded, each goal was preceded by an individual mistake: Coskun’s header extension brought Rabihic into play, King’s attempt at clarification became an assist, and Frick and Butzen ran around each other.

While the guests from Verl took advantage of the opponent’s mistakes ice cold, Zwickau missed the effectiveness in front of the goal on the other side. On the one hand, the FSV currently needs too many chances to score a goal, summarized Wachsmuth, on the other hand, the last pass is often so imprecise that it does not even create chances.

We need way too many chances to score – or the final pass is just so imprecise that we don’t even have a real chance.

And so it looks like Zwickau is about to face the dreaded difficult season, which brought coach Joe Enoch’s memories of 2019, when the club was only able to secure relegation on the last day of the game. A situation that you absolutely want to avoid, said the coach, who added: “That means that we have to slowly score – that means not just one point, but three points.”

The Saxons have the chance to do so on Wednesday, when the catch-up game against a “damn good team” from Halleschen FC is due. Despite the difficult task, Wachsmuth does not write off the team: “Although we do not have that many points and have not yet won, we cannot blame the team for not giving everything – and that is the basic virtue, the basic basis.” A basis that will be important for the FSV to stop the negative trend.

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