Viking - Rosenborg 0-0
By Endre Bakken, 27 October 2009, 19:17
Rosenborg's starting eleven contained many substitutes, but still had no problems getting one point against pathetic vikings.
"I am very happy with what I saw of these new players who haven't been on the pitch much this year. They went out and really shone," Erik Hamrén told TV2.
RBK missed Marek Sapara (ankle) and Anthony Annan (sick) while Steffen Iversen (sick), Vadim Demidov (sick) and Alejandro Lago (thigh) were placed on the bench because they had not been able to practice for one week.
That opened up for new faces - and players in new positions. Simen Wangberg started for the first time, and the strong 18-year old complemented the quick Kris Stadsgaard well.
"It was wonderful to see him in the starting eleven; he had some minutes of experience from earlier games. We knew he was good, and it was great to see him taking care of the opportunity," Hamrén bragged.
The midfield was completely changed. Abdou Traoré started a game for the first time this year, and played on the right. Juska Savolainen and Roar Strand got the two defensive positions.
Therefore Per Ciljan Skjelbred got to play offensive midfield again, his position in 2005. He impressed with his clever through passes.
Rade Prica and Roar Strand were both willing to attempt shots, but RBK struggled with creating problems for Thomas Myhre
- despite getting rebounds from the former national goalie.
Traoré got closest to scoring, when he fooled Trond Erik Bertelsen on the midfield line and bolted towards the goal. The well placed shot was saved by Myhre.
Viking might be relegated, but still weren't able to muster up strength to attack. Rosenborg controlled the whole game.
Still Alexander Ødegaard got a great chance to score, when he, after 81 minutes, won a duel against Mikael Lustig and rushed past Kris Stadsgaard. Luckily the solo accomplishment ended with a pathetic shot that went straight on Rune Jarstein. Viking has still not won a game since the 17. august - when they helped RBK by beating Molde.
"I thought we did well. We got the best chances, and Myhre had a impressive save on Abdou's shot, Hamrén concluded.