Åge Hareide took over Rosenborg during the national team break, but did not get the start he had hoped for in the RBK comeback away against Strømsgodset.
It seemed to go towards a clear loss before a strong final sprint in the last minutes gave Hareide’s men one point. Åge Hareide thinks the team made too many mistakes to be able to get all the chances in Drammen.
– Football is about turning chances, so we must not offer as many as we do today. Rosenborg has been relatively close defensively, today there were a little too many mistakes, at both ends really. It can be punishing. We take with us the moral. Capturing 3-1 in the last seven minutes plus overtime is good for the team. It was a good Godset team that made it difficult for us, Hareide says to NRK.
Hareide has had just over a week with the team on the training field, and says it will take time before his full and complete plan is in place for the team.
– It’s like that in all learning that things will take some time. There is a reason why you have a long pre-season where you get trained on many things. You should not expect everything to be one hundred percent after a week. It was a mix of drops, so to speak, says the RBK coach.
Focused on routine
Hareide got back first goalkeeper André Hansen, Samuel Adegbenro and Anders Konradsen from the start, and focused on the routine of young players such as Emil Konradsen Ceide, Edvard Tagseth and Carlo Holse.
It was only when the young boys let in that Rosenborg got into the match, and managed to equalize.
Despite RBK’s routine, it was an energetic Godset team that drove over Rosenborg from the start in Drammen.
Two in three minutes
Strømsgodset deservedly took the lead after a quarter of a game. Lars-Jørgen Salvesen was served the ball and alone with André Hansen, the southerner put the ball in the far corner.
Just two minutes later, the striker was in front again. Again it was Maigaard who served Salvesen with a post on the back and the Godset striker headed the ball into goal via Vegar Eggen Hedenstad.
On both occasions, it was a defensive play by the Rosenborg defense, which had conceded the fewest goals in the league before the meeting with Strømsgodset. National team stopper Tore Reginiussen played away the ball on the first goal and Hedenstad was too weak in the duel on the second.
There were two teams that struggled with the defensive game at Marienlyst. Niklas Gunnarsson and Viljar Myhra messed it up violently in the back rows of the home team and gave a reduction to Torgeir Børven halfway through the half.
Strong final sprint
Johan Hove has had his definitive breakthrough this season. Against Rosenborg, the U21 national team player once again showed that he has a scoring flaw that few central midfielders have.
The ball fell at the feet of the former Sogndal player and the 20-year-old rolled the ball masterfully past Hansen to 3-1. It was his seventh goal in the Elite Series this season.
Strømsgodset continued to run over the guests from Lerkendal and both Hove and Ipalibo Jack had good chances to increase the lead further.
Instead, it was Per Ciljan Skjelbred who scored his first goal after returning to Rosenborg just over five minutes before full time. It created hope for RBK in the final minutes.
Driven by Skjelbred, Rosenborg created chances. Rosenborg’s right came to the chances and substitute Carlo Holse ended dangerously once, before a post from the Dane went through the hair of Dino Islamovic and into goal.