– We’re scratching our heads – VG

- We're scratching our heads - VG

ÅRÅSEN (VG) (Lillestrøm – Tromsø 1–2) TIL has not won a single home game at Alfheim. But he got 15 of 19 points away from home. In this way, the mystery coming from the North may be about to save the decade.


– We’re scratching our heads ourselves, coach Gaute Helstrup tells VG.

In the absence of the injured Zdenek Onderczyk, Niklas Westerlund and August Mikkelsen – assisted by Ronar Espjord and Eric Kitolano – arranged three fresh points away from home.

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TO at home: 4 points in 9 matches.

Away: 15 points in 11 games.

That is, in 20 league games Tromsø has taken 79 percent of the points away from the Arctic city.

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– It’s weird. Maybe we got paid a little badly in the regular matches at home and paid a little when we were away on equal terms. We want to win at home now, says Hillstrup. The 10th chance of the season comes against Haugesund on October 3.

Unfortunately, we take the most points. “We’ll get points in both places,” says scorer Mikkelsen. It is believed that “loyalty to the battle plan and tremendous effort” was the cause of TIL’s first victory since August 8.

Lillestrom beat Alfheim in June with seven wins and a draw in their last eight matches against Tromsø. But LSK had to spend 120 minutes on Wednesday to knock Grorud out of the cup. It was a harsh and not too aggressive version of the yellow that would have celebrated the reopening of the perfect turf in Åråsen.

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– We are disappointed now. We were a bit surprised by the players and coaches because we had nothing else to offer, says coach Geir Buck. He doesn’t want to blame the cup match, but says it was “possible” to score.

– We’ve got speed, he says.

He usually stops at the best of the field, midfielder Christoph Saeki, or at the steel goalkeeper Jacob Karlstrom. Only after corner number 12 did the goal opportunity come from a penalty kick when Psyche Igoh Ogbu was brought down.

Tough match: August Mikkelsen had a tough match at Åråsen. Set Tromso’s second goal. Here against Ifeanyi Mathew from LSK.

Thomas Lynn Olsen scored his 18th league goal (number three on penalties). But the LSK striker did not appear much with Ståle Solbakken in the stands. The national team manager was on his way out of Åråsen when Hedmarkingen scored against his old teammates.

“I have no comment on that,” says Lehne Olsen with great disappointment. He does not have a Solbakken, Who opens an elite series striker against Turkey and Montenegro in October. Alexander Sorloth’s death caused heated debate ahead of Tuesday’s pullout.

But the LSK captain was more concerned that Lillestrøm lost his third consecutive home game.

“I don’t have a good explanation for that,” Buck says.

Before the break, it was the away team that created the only two chances. Eric Kitolano got a chance to turn things around.

But Niklas Westerlund did.

The Dane slipped off the blind side after running down Runar Espejord with LSK full-back Tom Peterson on the right. He crashed into a tunnel on the Swede before he followed passive goalkeeper Knut Skgersten to the back post. Lars Ranger failed to stop Westerlund who got 0-1 and til cheers.

“Sad,” Peterson told Discovery during the break.

– Nice, Westerlund reported. But he was at least worried that LSK came so easily into the corners. But despite good corner kicks from Germond Osun, Lillstrom failed to create anything from the attempts.

It was going to get worse after the break. Right after LSK put Pål-Andre Helland to create something, Eric Kitolano started on Tromsø’s left flank.

He swirled with both Eskil Edh and Espen Garnås before August Mikkelsen was perfectly set up. The Tromsø striker managed to easily pull away from Tom Peterson and put the score 0-2 for sure.

It was cold, I would say, Michelson comments.

– I saw the goalkeeper going left and then there was room in the middle, as he shows after his fourth league goal this season.

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