FK Haugesund – Match Report vs Stabæk Fotball 02/08/2020

FK Haugesund grabbed a huge 3-1 victory against Stabaek keeping them far away from the regulation zone in the Norwegian Eliteserien. The home side set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with the wingers playing very narrow to give space for the full backs to put in a lot of crosses. Stabaek also played a 4-2-3-1 with, Emil Bohinen and Tortol Lumanza playing next to each other on the midfield, but played more patient than FK Haugesund.

Ratings:

  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, re-watch
  • D – Below average in this match

Kristoffer Velde

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Norwegian
  • Age: 20
  • Date of birth: 09/08/1999
  • Current club: FK Haugesund
  • Career: FK Haugesund, Nest Sotra IL (L)
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Secondary position: Right Wing, Striker
  • Preferred foot: Right

Kristoffer Velde played as the right winger in a front three with Alexander Ammitzböll on the left and Kevin Krygard, who got subbed on for Wadji after 34 minutes, in the middle. Kristoffer Velde was the hero for FK Haugesund scoring all three goals for them.

Where you expect a right footed winger on the right side to stay quite wide, Kristoffer Velde did quite the opposite. The 20 year old winger kept the pitch quite narrow especially when Haugesund had possession on the left side of the field.

Kristoffer Velde’s heatmap against Stabaek

During this game Kristoffer Velde attempted more dribbles (20 times), than that he passed the ball (19 times). This statistic summarizes quite well how Velde played against Stabaek, way too complicated.

On the ball Velde showed that he has good technique, especially his dribble before his third goal, where he passes four opponents before being taken down in the box was quite special. But Velde just made too many mistakes, seeing that only 50% of his dribbles were actually successful, to play good every game. He also took big risks on his own half a couple of times, which almost ended badly for his team.

The 5’10” attacker is quite strong on the ball and possesses over a nice amount of pace and agility. His finishing with his right foot seemed really good, but he also had enough confidence in his left foot, scoring a nice goal with it.

Rating: A2

Watching Velde was quite frustrating, seeing him losing the ball with Zidane’s Marseille Turn four times in a row. But he has the quality for sure. If he starts playing just a bit more simple and smarter he probably could succeed in a better league.

Ulrik Fredriksen

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Norwegian
  • Age: 21
  • Date of birth: 17/06/1999
  • Current club: FK Haugesund
  • Career: Sogndal IL, FK Haugesund
  • Position: Centre Back
  • Secondary position: Defensive Midfield, Striker
  • Preferred foot: Right

Ulrik Fredriksen played as the right centre back in FK Haugesund’s back four. The 21-year old centre back is 6’2” tall and looks very strong for his age. He doesn’t seem like a very fast defender and also isn’t very agile, which isn’t a surprise looking at his physique. Frederiksen played a solid game against Stabaek and was very unlucky to cause a penalty, which was a very harsh decision.

For the rest of the game Fredriksen did very well winning most of his duels and 1v1’s. As I said he is very strong, which combined with his aggression makes him very good in defensive duels. He also reads the game quite well, making a couple of good interceptions and pressing higher up the pitch when there is a chance for him.

Defensively he can still be a little more aggressive though. Right now he gives the attackers quite some time to get a first touch, and he should be a little more assertive at times.

Fredriksen’s technique isn’t that impressive. He didn’t take too many risks in his game, but did okay when Stabaek pressed at times. His ball distribution is decent as well, he played a couple of good long balls, but mainly played the ball out short.

Rating: B1

I think Fredriksen has quite some potential in him. He doesn’t look very fast, but with the right partner next to him he could do very well.

Thore Baardsen Pedersen

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Norwegian
  • Age: 23
  • Date of birth: 11/09/1996
  • Current club: FK Haugesund
  • Career: Vard Haugesund, FK Haugesund
  • Position: Left Back
  • Secondary position: Defensive Midfield
  • Preferred foot: Right

Thore Pedersen played as the left defensive midfielder next to the veteran Christian Grindheim. Considering this is only Pedersen’s fourth match on this position his performance was really quite impressive keeping midfielders like Vetlesen and Bohinen out of the game.

Pedersen was very solid defensively winning eight out of eleven defensive duels. The 6 foot tall Norwegian seemed quite strong, but also put in a lot of aggression in his duels. He did very well in 1v1’s and also did pretty good in the air. Pedersen isn’t very agile, but has enough pace to keep up with most players.

There are surely some steps Pedersen need to make with the ball at his feet. Pedersen played short passes mostly, not taking a lot of risk, mainly giving the ball to his left back. His forwards passes and long passes weren’t very accurate and is something he probably should work on.

Technically Pedersen didn’t get in big trouble, but he also had a lot of time on the ball. He seems to have a good first touch and decent dribbling, which he didn’t really show off too much.

Rating: B2

Pedersen served his team well working really hard, but I have my doubts about his quality on the ball.

Kevin Martin Krygård

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Norwegian
  • Age: 20
  • Date of birth: 17/05/2000
  • Current club: FK Haugesund
  • Career: FK Haugesund
  • Position: Centre Midfield
  • Secondary position: Striker, Defensive Midfield
  • Preferred foot: Right

Kevin Martin Kyrgard came on after 34 minutes, after Ibrahima Wadji got subbed off because of an injury, and had instant impact with two nice assists.

Krygard was roaming around the pitch a lot, with Velde and Ammitzböll playing more narrow. This caused confusion in Stabaek’s defense which showed during the 2-0. Kygard got the ball on the right and played in a nice pass to Velde who tapped in the second goal.

You could see that Krygard isn’t a natural striker. He did okay with his hold up play, but had some troubles with his first touch in small spaces. This cost him a huge chance, which he probably should’ve scored.

The 20-year old midfielder is quite small standing at 5’10”, but still reasonably strong on the ball. He seemed to have decent pace, but didn’t look very fast.

Rating: B2

Krygard had a lot of impact with two good assists, but looked a bit out of place. Curious to see what he can do in midfield.

Alexander Ammitzböll

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Danish
  • Age: 21
  • Date of birth: 17/02/1999
  • Current club: FK Haugesund (on loan from AGF)
  • Career: AGF, FK Haugesund (L)
  • Position: Striker
  • Secondary position: Left Wing
  • Preferred foot: Right

Alexander Ammitzböll probably put in the worst performance of the whole team sadly. The Danish striker played as left winger, not playing as narrow as Velde, and seemed invisible most of the game.

The 21 year old striker had decent pace and strength standing at 6’2”, but had a lot of trouble with beating his direct opponent completing only four out of eleven dribbles he attempted. This resulted in him playing a lot of short passes.

Ammitzböll did pretty good under pressure and didn’t panic when he was holding off the ball from his direct opponent. He showed that he has a good first touch and good dribbling, but still struggled with the ball at his feet sometimes. In the second half Ammitzböll should’ve won the game when the score was 2-1, but he missed a half volley in front of an open goal.

Rating: D

Alexander Ammitzböll played below average this game and isn’t a great fit on the left. As a striker I could see him do a lot better than this.

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