Football Season Review

№13: Strømsgodset

Strømsgodset were not holding too many hopes for the season ahead given the relatively mediocre squad quality. Yet, they were off to a decent start with two draws and two wins in the opening four games scoring some goals and looking lively. However, the lack of too many squad options started to show as the campaign went on and a run of one win in seven saw the Drammen side drop down the standings. Indeed, things were only about to get worse for Henrik Pedersen and his side as the campaign progressed. The defence started to leak goals aplenty and the lack of real attacking variety, apart from hoping that Lars Jørgen Salvesen will be clinical, proved a real issue as Godset threw away leads in spectacular manner and continued to drop points on too many occasions in winnable games. In fact, the team contrived to go on a run of 12 games without a win in the second half of the season, drawing six in a row during that long stretch. Johan Hove emerged as a real standout and leader in midfield but otherwise there was no real reason for optimism among Pedersen and the fans as the team kept on dropping points aplenty and actually dropped into the bottom three with a few games left. However, the fixture list fell nice for Godset at the end and key wins on the road against Aalesund and Odd eventually saw the team finish just above the likes of Start and Mjøndalen and ensure safety. Yet, that was a poor campaign as a whole and hardly a reason to celebrate as the problems at the club have been structural for a while and they cannot continue flirting with relegation while maintaining the current model.

Player of the Season: Johan Hove