NEWS SUMMARY WEEK 43
Frustration begins to show
After yet another draw at home to FC Midtjylland (1-1) on October 18, Randers FC were left with a feeling of frustration. A feeling made worse by a disallowed goal when Kasper Lorentzen's shot hit keeper Jonas Lössl. The ball rose into the air and was headed into the net by Søren Berg. The crowd were as ecstatic as Berg as the first victory since August was in sight, until referee Nicolai Vollquartz disallowed the goal for offside.
In the opinion of the media the next day, Randers was cheated out of a deserved victory in a highly entertaining match. Head coach Ove Christensen also commented that the team was well and truly cheated: "I have just seen the match on TV, and we were cheated. There was not even a hint of offside and the referee's call was totally out of order," commented Christensen, who also expressed the feeling of many in the Randers camp that "the football gods are definitely not with us at the moment."
Denmark player in action
Midfielder Kasper Lorentzen returned from scoring a goal for Denmark against Cyprus brimming with self-confidence and came close to scoring for Randers on this occasion (see above). "Obviously my self-confidence has improved a lot after playing at international level, especially scoring from a distance in the game against Cyprus. And that confidence is something I've been able to bring back to Randers."
Lost 2-1 to Brøndby
A 2-1 defeat against Brøndby on October 24 and an unexpected victory for Esbjerg against FC Midtjylland brought Randers FC into the relegation zone for the first time this season. The first half against Brøndby saw a dispirited Randers team playing below par - a fact exploited by Brøndby as early as the 18th minute when Daniel Wass scored from a Michael Krohn-Dehli free kick. The latter went on to score Brøndby's second goal himself in the 56th minute, before a Randers team which played much better in the second half pulled back a consolation goal in the 90th minute, when Movsisyan scored from a Søren Jensen cross. Randers keeper David Ousted proved his worth by making a string of good saves right from the start.
Ove Christensen nominated for Trainer of the Year award
The Danish Football Union (DBU) and TV station TV2 have included Randers' head coach Ove Christensen in their list of nominees for the annual Trainer of the Year award, to be held on November 15. DBU writes: " An impressive performance from Randers FC last season, when after a disastrous start leading to a position at the bottom of the table, Ove Christensen took over and succeeded in turning disaster into total triumph. Instead of Randers FC being relegated, arch rivals and neighbours AGF went down after the last match of the season."