the Pressure was great on the AIK for Saturday's eftermiddagsmöte with the AFC Eskilstuna.
Just four goals in six matches, and just two wins in säsongsinledningen, had hardly impressed. Add the heavy 0-3-bang away to IFK Gothenburg on Monday, and the team of the tournament faced an early ödesmatch.
back to the self-esteem of the Friends arena? Both yes and no, was the answer.
There was, admittedly, the victory with 2-1. But something exuberant games was there, and when the AFC was in its reduction – despite a man less on the pitch – it was dead silent among the 12 314 on the stands.
– After the final whistle I went into the locker room and was annoyed. It was not a good feeling in the body, said AIK coach Rikard Norling.
– From their goals (in the 55:th minute) and forward, we are directly dissatisfied.
the last two matches abandoned his trusty 3-5-2 system to a 4-3-3. But against the newcomer AFC was back in the first, with Daniel Sundgren and Anton Salétros on the edges.
"It felt right to do so in the day," says Norling, if the gaming system.
" It was a recognition after the tough mental match in Gothenburg.
was the one who did ledningsmålet on Saturday. But first on a penalty in the 31st minute.
the Goal strengthened the team and in the closing seconds of the first half saw no out to talk to the guests, when the AFC goalkeeper Ole Söderberg was given the red card after a kick to the face on Henok Goitom.
– I decide to rush forward but he gets there before me, " says Söderberg on the situation.
" When I see it complete I, of course, not kickstarter. Then I had kicked the head of him.
" Now he got (Us) a touch on the shoulder instead, I think. But I agree that it is a red card – because it was a neutral position.
more on the pitch came a score of 2-0 for the team early in the second half by Tarik Elyounoussi. But the AFC got contact, when a ball from Samuel Nnamani went through both the pole and the AIK goalkeeper Oscar Linnér into the goal.
the Reduction was AFC to wake up to. But a few more goals, it was not – despite two jättechanser in the final minutes, and double the bail out of Shape.
"It was a little bit reluctant feelings after the taillight," AIK's Daniel Sundgren.
But now it still feels wonderful with the three points, it was important mentally. We knew that we must win this match after last match fiasco.
the Rasmus Lindqvist and 17-year-old talent Jack Lahne was missing in the AIK's squad. For the first time, however, the icelandic EM-the hero Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, who got 25 minutes in his debut.
Next for AIK waiting for the next weekend, the derby, away against Djurgården.