Hammarby 0 Ängelholms FF 1
Monday 27 June, 2011.
A one nil smash and grab victory in Stockholm lifted the visitors to second place in the Superettan, one point behind the leaders Degerfors, and extended their unbeaten run to six games. A crowd of 8,895 watched in the sun as Marcus Lindberg scored the only goal of the game twelve minutes from time as he ghosted in at the far post to take advantage of Bajen defensive confusion after a long cross played from the left was inexplicably allowed to sail over the heads of the defence.
The home fans, who had been in fine voice for the game, were left stunned by the goal and the mood inside Söderstadion changed from matching the fine weather to being more like a storm as the players were mocked with frustrated shouts from the Bajen faithful. It could have been so different had Hammarby took advantage of numerous attacking plays that fell down as the ball approached the box.
Bajen had attacked with purpose against a compact, well-drilled, Ängelholm side but long shots and poor final balls saw each attack break down. Too often the home side ran down blind alleys or failed to exploit any space that was afforded to them and they paid the price by dropping down to seventh in the league and showing how inconsistent they continue to be.
Hammarby had a first half Christer Gustafsson strike ruled out for offside, the call being made by the assistant referee quickly and confidently. Monday James broke forward and played a ball through to Gustafsson who sweetly hit a volley from just inside the box across Matthew Pyzdowski in the opposition goal.
The game was eventually decided when Jose Monteiro’s poor defending was seized upon by Lindberg. Monteiro allowed the recently introduced substitute Gabriel Ucar’s long cross to drop behind him, expecting his ‘keeper to collect the ball. Instead the ball went straight to Lindberg who made to mistake with the finish to fire his team up the table.
After the match a clearly delighted Ängelholm team celebrated with the small number of fans who had travelled from southern Sweden to cheer them on for the glamour away game of the season.
Andy Hudson at Söderstadion.