Randers FC hit the ground running
The 3 month winter break was put to good effect by Randers FC trainer Ole Christensen, turning out a squad in peak fitness and highly motivated. The four key reinforcements bought during the January transfer window (in what is acknowledged as one of the best transfer manoeuvres by any Danish club) clearly made an impact on the way the team was put together and played - a wake-up call for the rest of the Danish Supaliga.
The below-par autumn season was forgotten, and the sky-blues came out fighting in their first home game against FC Nordsjælland, resulting in a 4-0 wipeout for the visitors. The foundation for the win was without doubt a robust defence able to withstand everything FCN could throw at it, and a well-organised attack as slinky and effective as a jaguar on the hunt.
Randers FC were already 1-0 up at half-time thanks to a Kasper Lorentzen goal. FCN made a strong start to the second half, but when Søren Jensen scored to make it 2-0 for the home team, the game was in reality over. Randers FC then ran riot, scoring two more goals within 12 minutes and dominated the rest of the match with fluent attacking play.
New man makes good
New signing Frank Kristensen made his mark in his debut match with a superb headed goal to bring the score to 3-0. Veteran Frank has long been noted for his goal area sharpness and was in the right place at the right time to head home a Søren Jensen cross. Jonas Kamper finished off with another spectacular header for Randers FC's fourth goal of the day.
Second match, second (convincing) win
Fresh from their spring season home debut and win, Randers FC moved on to Esbjerg on 13 March, expecting a tough match from the relegation strugglers. The 3-1 away win they came back with ignited hopes of a spring season comparable to last year's miracle, with a hat-trick for Jonas Kamper. The first goal came as early as the 7th minute from a long throw-in which fell to Kamper's left foot. Without waiting to switch the ball to his preferred right foot, Kamper banged it home into the far corner.
Esbjerg drew level in the 33rd minute thanks to a Søren Rieks goal, but halfway through the second-half, Randers' superior offensive play reaped its rewards in the 62nd and 70th minutes when Kamper broke through twice and finished cynically to sink the home team's hopes of a much needed point.
Close to top half of table
6 points from 2 matches over other teams in the bottom half of the table lifts Randers FC up to 7th place, and a win over AC Horsens on Sunday could lift them to 5th, and give a strong indicator of where the club will finish the season - fighting relegation, or mixing it with the big boys.