DAVID SMITH - Monday, August 22, 2011
Chris Rolfe went the distance on the right side of Aalborg's midfield on Monday, as they were unable to make the most of their scoring chances and were forced to settle for a scoreless draw at SønderjyskE.
Conor O'Brien had his longest appearance yet for the hosts, entering the game in place of forward Kenneth Fabricius in the 57th minute, while Aalborg forward Marcus Tracy was not in uniform as he continues to recover from long-term knee problems.
The hosts earned a corner within the first minute to create some hope of taking something from their undefeated opponents, however that would be the extent of their attack for more than the first 30 minutes, with Aalborg creating one-way traffic on the field for nearly the entire half.
Jeppe Curth tested SønderjyskE keeper Nathan Coe in the eighth minute with a shot he could have done better with, then a header by Kjetil Wæhler in the 39th minute was cleared off the line at the last second.
Moments later, the follow-up by Kenneth Emil Petersen was cleared by Daniel Christensen just before it went in, although the Aalborg players argued heavily that it had indeed crossed the line.
Two minutes after the restart, SønderjyskE had their best chance of the game when a shot by Quincy Antipas was headed straight for a 1-0 to the hosts, but Aalborg keeper Nicolai Larsen's brilliant save kept the game scoreless.
The visitors seemed to have caught a huge break in the 58th minute after Jonas Troest felled Curth in the area, however Rasmus Würtz hit a weak shot from the spot which Coe easily saved.
The remainder of the game saw Aalborg dominate possession and create sustained pressure on the attack, although without the bite needed to break through on goal, ultimately sending the game to its scoreless result.
Aalborg remain in second place, although the deficit behind Copenhagen has now grown to four points. They next visit Brad Rusin and last-place Køge on Saturday.
SønderjyskE also remain in place at fifth, and will hit the road for a tough visit to third-place Odense on Sunday.