After a 2-5 debacle against St. Pölten last Saturday and the first half blundered after the deficit, it looked for a moment as if the “violets” had to accept a small downward slide after their recently ended winning streak.
However, a few changes at half-time brought the turnaround and the resulting victory against SCR Altach (match report >>>), the team that will face Austria in the first playoff encounter on July 8th, like us know since Tuesday evening that will take place in the Generali Arena.
Ilzer: “We were stronger at home”
“We haven’t won here for a long time and that’s why I’m happy that it worked out today,” Austria captain Alexander Grünwald is not only happy about the win, but also lets it be seen that a playoff appearance in the country is probably a difficult matter would have become.
Travel stress would not have played a role, as Maximilian Sax says: “It was pleasant for us because we flew today, but it is still more pleasant to play at home.”
Head coach Christian Ilzer would not have bothered to start again in the distance: “In autumn we were much stronger at home. We also found ourselves well away from home, but now it is high time for a home win or two home wins in a row. “
Altach does not mourn home law
If Altach had won the game with Austria on Tuesday, the Vorarlbergers would have passed the “violets” in the table again and would have held pole position for home rights in the playoffs. After the Austria performance increase in half two, this scenario is off the table again.
“We learned our lessons from the first half. We changed certain things and then they were fruitful. The boys did a great job. The two goals were really good. Of course, Altach also had chances, but against a great team then you won’t win high, “says Christian Ilzer.
Another decisive factor for the increase was goal scorer Maximilian Sax, who did not have the best memory of Altach because of his exclusion after the first game against Altach. “My last game against Altach was not so exhilarating. I learned my lessons from it and I’m glad that things went differently today.”
On the Altacher side, one mourns the victory, but not the lost home right in the playoffs. “We played pretty well, but not well enough. From a sporting point of view, we want to win every game, that’s for sure. If we don’t win, the feeling is not good, but it’s not bad,” said Altach head coach Alex Pastoor after the Lot.
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