Battling the Drop | Twitchy Ass Time

Hi folks, welcome back to the sixth instalment of ‘Battling the Drop’! In the last update there were a few bombshells: Tom is back in business, James’ Hertha side are starting to climb and I’m doing what Paderborn were born to do, scrape by!

Luke – Paderborn (Current Position: 15th)

We’ve dropped a place, but I’m not too bothered in all honesty! We’ve been far from our best, but I’m pretty sure that we’ll return to form following a run of Golden Ducks…

Paderborn 15

Adrian Ramos broke our resolve by netting from a well-struck, free-kick on the 14th minute – but we did put in a good shift against Dortmund, we certainly weren’t disgraced.

We faced Mainz on the road in the next match, and instead of trying to win I went for the draw: we just had to stop the rot, and we did. Mainz were unable to break through our two banks of five – we played the game with a  defensive forward – but if that hadn’t been the case I’d have been gutted!

Koln away should have been a rather simple affair, but following Tom’s departure from the club it’d appear that they have learned how to play football… They played us off of the park, but were quite fortunate to have won the game: Ruben Castro’s 51st minute was controversial to say the least.

We followed up our disappointing defeat at the hands of Koln with a hugely gutting draw at home against Freiburg. We took a 2-0 lead into the break, but through it away in the 80th minutes because of a mish-mash of defensive errors and Freiburg’s persistence. My Paderborn side finished the session off with a 3-1 defeat at the Benteler against a very strong Wolfsburg: I was expecting them to hit us for six in all seriousness!

James – Hertha (Current Position: 18th)

Well: I take it back. In last week’s blog it looked like James’ side were on the climb and ready for the fight, clearly they aren’t as resurgent as I thought…

Hertha 18

One point from five games isn’t much worse than what my Paderborn team achieved, but James wasn’t happy in our  kype call…

We’re terrible at passing. Our midfield are unable to control the games’ tempo. My defence is genuinely a joke. And when I say joke, I don’t mean a funny one. We’re going down: Hertha have gone far past ‘Twitchy ass time’.

James is on the cusp of the point of no return. His Hertha side have been cut adrift at the bottom of the table by four points and it now looks extremely unlikely that he will be able to fight their way back up the table because of a tough run of games that they are due to encounter.

‘Battling the Sack’ would probably be a more poignant title at the moment…

Tom – Werder Bremen (Current Position: 17th)

If Tom actually manages to pull of what James and I are dubbing ‘The Greatest Escape’ not only will I be shocked, Tom will also owe Davide Selke a lot of ‘wine & dines’…

Bremen 17Tom’s first game with Werder was an away match against Hamburg, who are currently perched in the Champions League spots, and his side very almost pulled off an unlikely scalp! Direct football caused Hamburg many headaches; Selke and Di Santo were unable to break through…

Werder’s display was encouraging: so Tom kept the same set up for the remainder of the session. A win against Hannover was soon followed up with three straight defeats against Schalke, Leverkusen and Freiburg.

Bremen have made forward strides, but they need to make even more if they are to actual stay up…

To conclude!

Things are heating up on ‘Battling the Drop’! Tom’s new club is starting to climb, James has reached rock bottom, while I’m starting to glance over my shoulder (nervously)…

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