The coaches’ reactions following the Wolves 1-3 defeat to Frankfurt.
There was no masking VfL head-coach Martin Schmidt’s disappointment at the missed chance to complete the first home game of the year on a positive note. "A ruthlessly effective opponent" from Frankfurt left the Wolves chasing their tales, particularly during the first half. The dismissal of Nany Dimata at a crucial time in the game also angered the VfL coach. Schmidt’s opposite number Niko Kovac was naturally "buoyant" about how the game went and his eleven’s "deserved win".
Niko Kovac: My team put in a very good away performance today. The first-half was very good, the second we could consider quite decent. On the whole, the result was deserved. We knew how tough it would be here in Wolfsburg, against a team that have developed very well under Martin Schmidt. That considered, I am particularly happy my team implemented all of the things we had worked on in preparing for the match – especially in the first-half. I am very happy about the manner in which we played the game today – that also goes for the way we played out our goals. My compliments to the team!
Martin Schmidt: Niko is surely right about the deserved win – not least as we were faced by a ruthlessly effective opponent today. Early in the game, both sides created chances: We didn’t make ours count and then we were twice punished at the other end. They particularly troubled us down the left flank – we learned a lesson there today. The game then became very difficult for us. In the second-half we made some changes and had some more of the play. We pulled a goal back through Maximilian, but then shortly afterwards the dismissal put paid to that. Being a man down made the task all the more difficult. All-in-all, it was a day to forget for us and for three or four players who failed to play to their potential.