RECAP: WEEKEND DANISH ACTION
Brad Rusin and Shawn Nicklaw were both in the starting lineup for Køge on Sunday, as a heavy defeat left them rooted at the bottom of the First Division standings.
Viborg FF 5 - 0 HB Køge
A second straight five-goal defeat for Køge, this time at the hands of Viborg not only left the team winless and in last-place after eight games, but with Rusin being forced out after just 35 minutes with injury, their defensive woes look to continue.
Køge were already playing from behind after 11 minutes when Thomas Dalgaard was played free for an easy score, then eight minutes later, Kevin Mensah headed home a cross from Danilo Arrieta for the 2-0 lead.
Simon Nagel picked out Dalgaard in the box for his second of the day in the 33rd minute to effectively put the game out of reach, and matters took a turn for the worse when Rusin was immediately forced out of the game due to an injury picked up on the play.
New Køge head coach Per Frandsen also pulled Nicklaw in the 37th minute hoping that a shake-up would ignite some fire in the team, however the status quo continued after the break.
Dalgaard completed his hat trick in the 57th minute after he collected a poorly-defended corner and beat keeper Morten H. Jensen, then added a fourth with six minutes left in regulation, putting away a Patrick Nielsen cross from the left to finish the blow-out.
Køge will look to regroup and hope that their injury-hit squad will have some time for recovering before they next take the field on Sunday against eighth-place Skive IK.
Mike Jones did not take the field for Hjørring on Friday in their 2-0 home loss to Vejle.