NEWS SUMMARY WEEK 21
Final round in relegation battle
After losing 2-1 away to cup winners FC Nordsjælland, Randers FC remain in real danger of relegation with 32 points and two matches to go, and only above the relegation line thanks to goal difference. Both Randers FC and Lyngby have 32 points and bottom-placed Esbjerg have 29.
The match started well for Randers FC who dominated the first half and went into the break with a 1-0 lead thanks to an own-goal by Okore. But Randers should have built up a lead even earlier, when Jonas Kamper fired a shot at goal after only 7 minutes of play, which crossed the line before being pulled back by keeper Jesper Hansen. Despite vociferous protests from the Randers players, the goal was disallowed.
After the break, it was FCN's turn to dominate resulting in a quick equaliser from Matti Lund Nielsen in the 50th minute. Andreas Laudrup put the home team in the lead in the 66th minute, where they stayed until the final whistle.
Next match difficult
Randers FC's next match - and the penultimate fixture of the season - is against high-flying FC Midtjylland away, on Wednesday 25 May. The final match against bottom-placed Esbjerg is at home on Sunday, 29 May, and in line with last year's relegation cliffhanger, will probably decide Randers FC's fate.
After the recent firing of Ove Kristensen and promotion of his assistant Peter Elstrup into the hot seat, speculation is once again rife over a change of head trainer at AutoC Park. Tabloid newspaper B.T. names SønderjyskE's trainer Michael Hemmingsen as favourite. Hemmingsen has successfully steered low-budget SønderjyskE clear of relegation since taking over in 2009. His contract expires in the summer of 2012. If the rumours prove to be true, he will be trainer no. 4 in Randers within the last two years.