St. Pölten has long ceased to be a points supplier
Wacker coach Karl Daxbacher spyed on St. Pölten in their 2-0 victory over Sturm and was impressed by the performance of his former club.
Innsbruck – With 20 points in 36 rounds, St. Pölten finished last year’s tipico Bundesliga as the last to beat. Overcomed past, as the start into the new season proves. Lower Austria will be second in the table next Saturday in the Tivoli stadium of the rising FC Wacker. Anyone who believes that the St. Pölten hurdle is easy to overcome by the Black Greens, who recently won in Altach, is very wrong. This is also confirmed by FCW coach Karl Daxbacher after his local appearance in the NV-Arena.
“Very well organised, defensively strong”, Daxbacher saw the Lower Austrian’s performance against Sturm as a parallel to the performance of his Black Greens in Altach. The people of Graz had more possession of the ball, but they didn’t have much of a chance. “St. Pölten consistently plays with a 5/3/2 system and risks little. For FC Wacker, this means that you have to be on your guard and not run into the open knife of Didi Kühbauer’s squad. Almost two years ago, ascent specialist Daxbacher was released prematurely by the Lower Austrians. Is there still a score to be settled? “No. This matter is over and done for me. But of course we want to get the three points on Saturday,” smiles the 65-year-old, who has the entire squad at his disposal this week. It’s questionable whether new Cheikhou Dieng will receive his match permit in time for Saturday.
St. Pölten prolonged their good form with the surprising 2:0 against runner-up Sturm Graz. The Kühbauer team thus won five of the last six Bundesliga games and moved up to second place behind defending champions Salzburg. Nevertheless, there was no euphoria. “Of course you can be satisfied with the start, but we have to stay on the ground,” said goal scorer Daniel Luxbacher.
After the chaotic summer break, in which the league membership had only been determined two weeks before the start of the league after the legal dispute over the evaluation of the relegation return match against Wiener Neustadt, the achievements so far seem even more surprising. Those involved see a key to success in the targeted reinforcements. “I brought in the people of whom I am convinced,” Kühbauer explained after the victory against Sturm. “What we gave them, the boys implemented almost perfectly. The boys really work very well there. Luca Meisl, on loan from Salzburg, expressed a similar opinion. “There were a lot of new ones in the preparation, so we trained the procedures very well.
The way to the second victory of the season had led above all over a strong defensive performance. “It was hard work in a good team,” said 19-year-old defender Meisl, who sees St. Pölten as a “very interesting club for my development. See here to know more about LsBet’s promotions.