WSV - FSV Salmrohr 2:0 (0:0)

Gramse - Backhaus -Mademann (75. Wüster), Menzel - Glavas (57. Steup), Kaul, Pirvu, Puscas (57. Walbröhl), Panait - N'Diaye, Goulet
Coach: Hoefer

Wahlen - Heinsdorf - Ulbrich, (10. Roth (77.Wagner)), Koster, Görgen, Weah, Backers, Steffens, Kuhnen, - Souza, Höster (70. Schiel)

Scoring: 1:0 Pirvu (50.), 2:0 Goulet (pen)

Attendance: 1.600
Referee: Hotop (Köln)
Yellow cards: Mademann, Puscas, N'Diaye, Walbröhl - Görgen, Ulbrich, Wagner

WSV MOTM: Ionel Pirvu


Deserved, albeit unimpressive win

Overall, an unimpressive performance by WSV, but a deserved victory on account of a stronger performance in the 2nd half. This marks the first home victory for the Wuppertalers.

WSV started with three Romanians on the midfield left, the "P" brigade of Pirvu, Puscas and Panait. Nevertheless, as usual, in the early minutes, WSV seemed very nervous and Salmrohr had a few chances. Unfortunately for the guests, the game didn't really start off too well either. In the first minute(!), defender Ulbrich was injured and had to be hauled off the field. (He was konked in the head by N'Diaye.)Nevertheless, they had some chances. After 20 minutes, they had a promising free kick after a nasty yellow card foul by Mademann, but wasted the opportunity. WSV began to gain control of the game, but the only threats to the Salmrohr goal came from corner kicks and other set pieces.

Glavas was unable to control the game as midfield general, and things were beginning to cramp up. As a result, a chorus of boos and whistles accompanied WSV into the halftime.

In the 2nd half, Salmrohr had at least two huge chances, but wasted them as usual. Let's face it, Salmorhr won't be visiting Zoo-Stadion next year, as they'll be playing in the Oberliga. Meanwhile, after 50 minutes, WSV finally broke through. Glavas's cross was met by Pirvu, and he headed the ball in. WSV then seemed to calm down a bit, and the game was well under control. N'Diaye worked his way into position on at least two occasions to finish off the opponents, but blew them. Finally, near the end, a handball penalty was knocked home by Brent Goulet, and WSV had an unimpressive 2-0 victory.

After the game, coach "Ali" Hoefer stated that his team needed more confidence, but overall the victory was deserved. Hopefully WSV will have some confidence, since next week is a tough match at Oberhausen.

Standings after Round 12