DAVID SMITH - Monday, November 28, 2011
Clarence Goodson and the Brøndby back line did their part to keep AC Horsens off the scoreboard, however a dubious non-call on a clear offside infraction doomed them to a home loss on Monday night.
After their encouraging 2-1 victory over leaders Copenhagen in the last round of games, Brøndby looked hardly the same team throughout Monday's contest, creating scant few chances over the course of the 90 minutes.
The only score of the game came four minutes before the halftime break, under circumstances that will certainly have head coach Aurelijus Skarbalius fuming upon viewing replays.
Henrik Toft received the ball at the top edge of the area and tapped it forward to Martin Spelmann as he charged forward. The former Brøndby player continued his run towards goal and curled his shot from the left edge of the six-yard box just inside the far post for the score.
Replays later showed that Toft was clearly in an offside position at the point where he was targeted with the pass, however the referee and linesman missed the call, ultimately allowing play to go forward leading to the goal.
Skarbalius brought on striker Martin Bernburg at the halftime break in place of winger Jens Stryger Larsen in hopes of reviving the Brøndby attack and picking out an equalizer.
Five minutes after the break, they were close to pulling even when Dennis Rommedahl tore down the right side and tried a shot to the far post that was just off-target.
Horsens played an increasingly tight defense through the second half and ultimately kept their hosts from creating more than minor, momentary threats through the end, ultimately taking the three points.
Brøndby still remain in tenth place with a five-point gap above the drop zone. They will expect to head into the break taking all three points from their last game of 2011 when they visit neighboring last-place team Køge on Sunday.