Hamburger SV has had two new experiences: being behind by two goals after seven minutes – that has never happened for the Hanseatic League in five years in the 2nd Bundesliga. "We were probably still in the dressing room," said coach Tim Walter annoyed and growled: "We beat ourselves." And something else is new for the Hanseatic city in the football lower house: they have never had two defeats after five games.
The 1: 2 (0: 2) against SV Darmstadt 98, who came to Hamburg as third to fourth to travel home at least as a temporary table leader, was a bitter blow. "We lost a game today, but in the end we win," said Walter in a Salomonic manner.
However, the anger about the second home defeat ran deep. The coach could only be cautious about two of his players. Jean-Luc Dompé, who was just signed on Thursday, had only completed one training session with his new team and was still putting a lot of steam on the wing. The 27-year-old quick and tricky Frenchman fooled his opponents several times and created a goal threat. Also positive: Bakery Jatta made his comeback after a long injury break.
"You did well, those two. For the fact that he only came yesterday, he got along well with the boys," said Walter about Dompé and also praised Jatta. "He just helps us with his way, with what joy of life he acts," emphasized the coach.
Walter was taciturn when the dismissals came up. The team and management were involved three times, the Darmstadt team once. Red against the scorer Ransford Königsdörffer and Aaron Opoku, who came on eight minutes earlier, as well as yellow-red against the complaining sports director Jonas Boldt. Were the cardboards justified? "No comment," said Walter, before handing out a dig at referee Robert Schröder from Hanover: "There are gods in white, so there are other gods."
After the game, some players also complained about the general demeanor of referee Robert Schröder from Hanover. He is said to have repeatedly insulted HSV players on the pitch, as HSV professional Jonas Meffert described it. Schröder himself denies this.
HSV now have to play without the suspended players at 1. FC Nürnberg next Saturday, Darmstadt 98 have to defend their lead in the home game against Heidenheim.