BODØ (VG) He was far down after the match against Milan, but a chat with Bodø / Glimt’s mental coach, Bjørn Mannsverk, did good for Ulrik Saltnes (27).
– It was leaden. That was it, but … It was good to get it out of the system, feel a little sorry for himself and look ahead, says Ulrik Saltnes to VG shortly after he and the team have arrived at Bodø Airport after the flight home from Milan.
The 27-year-old’s despairing expression came to an end
In the 92nd minute of play, Saltnes was played free by Jens Petter Hauge and came alone with the goalkeeper. The finish went far beyond both Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and the crossbar. Glimt lost 2-3 and the dream of the Europa League broke.
After the match, the Brønnøysund boy received support from teammates, known and unknown. He tells VG that he estimates that he has received close to 500 reactions in retrospect – absolutely all were exclusively positive.
– It was an unexpected, but positive surprise, says Saltnes who chose to respond to everyone through an emotional message on Twitter:
– Luckily I have an incredible number of people around me who help me and I am extremely privileged in that sense. I slept well last night too, I – despite that incident, he says.
One man became extremely important on Thursday night when Saltnes was down. Mental trainer Bjørn Mannsverk was with the Glimt team to Milan. It is the second time this season that Mannsverk is with the team in an away game.
After the match on Thursday, Saltnes and the mental coach sat down together.
– He is a huge trigger for keeping focus and keeping his head in the right place. After the match, it was also good to comfort himself a little with Bjørn. He was strict, but it was good, says the 27-year-old.
Coach Kjetil Knutsen praises how Saltnes himself handled the situation – both for himself and together with Mannsverk.
– It is important that they get someone to talk to and finish things. I think that is one of the reasons why Ulrik finished this yesterday, Knutsen says to VG.