When John Verhoek scores, Hansa Rostock scores. The same goes for Regensburg. “Only briefly wobbled “ the Ostseestädter, but then made the next treble firm.
The third win in a row, the second in a short space of time against Regensburg. The 4:2 win in the cup was followed by the 3:2 win at Jahn. While Pascal Breier was the celebrated hero in the cup with his equaliser to make it 3-3 in the very last second of extra time and the decisive penalty kick, Verhoek was the match winner now.
The striker has scored eight times in 13 league games, only in the 1:3 on matchday 1 against Karlsruhe did his goals not lead to anything worth counting. “John is extremely important for us, we’ve seen that,” said coach Jens Härtel, “with his physicality and his presence, he’s extremely dangerous. And the 32-year-old “provided a lot of points”.
For three in Regensburg, who had taken the lead “a bit out of nowhere”, as Härtel noted. “Then you’re behind and of course it became difficult for us.” But thanks to Verhoek’s equaliser, “fortunately we came back relatively quickly. “
Härtel sees a decent development
Hanno Behrens and Verhoek with his second goal added to the tally in the second half, “that gave us a bit of security,” said Härtel, adding that his team only “wobbled briefly” at the end. Härtel was not only satisfied with the Dutchman. “We played better than in the cup game,” said Härtel, “we put them under pressure more often that they had to operate with long balls.” For the Hansa coach, “a decent development. “
The aim is to continue this after the international break. After a strenuous few weeks, Rostock want to “regenerate well” and then “go into the East derby against Aue with full momentum”.