Football Season Review

№9: Haugesund

Haugesund started the season with a mostly similar squad to last season and looking to improve on what was a decent previous campaign. They had a bit of a shocker in the second game of the season, suffering a 6:1 hammering at Bodø/Glimt. They managed just two wins in the first nine games of the season but were starting to show some improvement and players like Kristoffer Velde and Nicklas Sandberg emerged as a real threat in the final third. Some good wins at home against the likes of Rosenborg and Vålerenga at the halfway point of the season instilled confidence in the squad and they were never really in danger of being dragged into the relegation battle in the second half of the season. That said, excitement was in short supply for most of the season as the Seagulls looked a bit too constrained in attack and never really showed enough consistency to get on a strong run of form. The final two months of the season saw a few mixed results and mostly playing out for pride, even if a fine win away at a strong Kristiansund side on the final day was a nice way to sign off. As a whole, Haugesund met the objectives and did well enough with what is a limited squad but it remains to be see what direction they are heading next season, especially if they lost some big players.

Player of the Season: Kristoffer Velde