DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Conor O'Brien and Wiener Neustadt will try to recover from a tough week when they face local rivals Admira Wacker in the second round of the Austrian Cup.
SC Wiener Neustadt - FC Admira Wacker
After a pair of deflating losses on the bounce, a midweek Cup win over local rivals Admira Wacker could be just what the doctor ordered for Conor O'Brien and a wounded Wiener Neustadt squad.
A pair of wins heading into the international break indicated that Neustadt had turned a corner from what had been a truly awful start to the season, however losses in each of the two games since have brought them back down to earth.
While Saturday's 2-0 loss at Altach was a marked improvement over their 5-1 demolishment at the hands of Rapid just days before, their inability to take advantage of what looked to be a game there for the taking could be an even bigger frustration.
They are coming up against a familiar foe in local rivals Wacker on Wednesday, having already beaten their opponents in one of the most remarkable Austrian Bundesliga games of the season thus far.
In what was also O'Brien's debut with the team, Neustadt won the nine-goal thriller by a 5-4 score, and will hope to repeat the result - although not the goal total - on Wednesday afternoon.
Wacker will be missing a quartet players, with Thomas Ebner out with a groin problem, Thomas Weber absent due to a knee injury, Maximilian Sax recovering from shoulder surgery and Bernhard Schachner struggling with an Achilles tendon injury.
Neustadt are not reporting any absences.
Shawn Barry and Linz had no issues against fifth-tier side FC Lankowitz on Monday night as they kicked off the second round of the Austrian Cup with a 3-0 win to reach the final 16 of the competition.