DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Conor O'Brien continued to see time as a second-half substitute on Monday evening in SønderjyskE's come-from-behind draw at Midtjylland.
Since the start of September, points had been hard for SønderjyskE to come by, with their only non-losses in league play being a win and a draw over last-place Køge.
While during this time successfully navigating the waters to earn a berth in the quarterfinal round of the Danish Cup, they had steadily fallen through the standings, and were inching ever closer to the bottom two, albeit with a five-point cushion prior to Monday's game.
The first time these teams met in mid-September, Midtjylland cruised to a 2-0 victory and looked headed in a similar direction when a cross from Jesper Juelsgård fell at the foot of Sylvester Igboun for an easy 18th-minute strike.
While the Wolves were dominant on the attack, SønderjyskE were able to go into the halftime break on even terms, after a quick combination by Quincy Antipas and Hallgrímur Jónasson freed Henrik Hansen for a far-post shot to equalize.
Midtjylland continued to dominate after the halftime pause, and the visitors were bailed out multiple times by the fine work in goal by Australian keeper Nathan Coe.
They were hit in the final quarter-hour when Antipas took a knock and had to leave the field to receive treatment, prompting his substitution in favor of O'Brien with 11 minutes left on the clock.
SønderjyskE did hang on for the point, however, much to the frustration to the home team, who will certainly feel they let a chance at the full three points go to waste.
SønderjyskE remain tied with Silkeborg in eighth place, and will next take the field in exactly one week when they host AGF Aarhus.