BERGEN (VG) (Brann – Haugesund 1-2) Check out what Brann goalkeeper Ali Ahamada (30) does here. An insane self-goal. And now Brann has not won at home in four months.
The last time Brann won a league match at home at the Stadium is as far back as July 12. (3–1 over Sandefjord). Then it was summer sun in the city between the seven mountains. Now it is soon winter, and only a few weeks until the first hatch in the Christmas calendar will open. Four months without a home win. Or 116 days to be exact.
After 57 minutes, Ahamada sent a free kick in high over the penalty box. He posted a post from Alexander Stølås in his own net. It looked bad for Brann.
– It was a post, and I tried to catch it, but the ball slipped. It was a slight mistake. says Ahamada to Eurosport.
But Petter Strand rekindled hope when he equalized four minutes later. But five minutes later, the red shirts were under again. Jon-Helge Tveita felled Kristoffer Velde. Substitute Niklas Sandberg beat the penalty in goal.
– It was delicious. It was great to get three points, and it was great to keep up the Horneland statistics, says Kristoffer Velde, who provided the penalty, to Eurosport and aims that Haugesund has beaten Brann assistant Eirik Horneland several times since he left the club .
Last year, Haugesund won twice against Hornelands Rosenborg. Velde was substituted in both matches.
– There is nothing to hide that it was a tense relationship, and then it is extra nice to beat him, Velde adds, and sends a stab to the old coach.
The series of weak results cost former Brann coach Lars Arne Nilsen the job. In August, Kåre Ingebrigtsen took over as head coach. Without it having helped significantly on the point catch. During the Trøndelag – which had an adventurous success with Rosenborg with three league golds and two cup championships (kicked in the middle of the 2018 season) – there has only been one victory in 11 matches (2-0 over Stabæk at Nadderud).
But it’s starting to get awful long ago. We’re talking August 24th. Under Ingebrigtsen, there has been one win, four draws and six losses. The statistics bother him. He has expressed this to VG.
– It does not get good enough when you lose. That we can repair and lose this fight is unforgivable. This is a match we should decide, and take three points, says Ingebrigtsen to Eurosport.
It looked promising for Brann with a good first half. They had four good opportunities. Haugesund had nothing. But they had Helge Sandvik. FKH can thank their last defense for not falling behind by two goals. But it almost missed in overtime when he released the shot from Petter Strand, and the ball slipped just outside.