After scoring twice in the space of a minute and subsequently dominating the game at home to Arminia Bielefeld in a manner not previously witnessed this term, VfL made life a little hard for themselves. As is so often the case in football, if you miss your chances to go 3-0 up then the opposition take heart and fight their way back, reducing the deficit to 2-1 against the run of play.
However, the Green-and-Whites held firm and deservedly saw the result to the final whistle, earning praise from their coach for the performance over the majority of the encounter.
The coaches’ reactions:
Oliver Glasner: “I’m very happy we got our first win of the season, as we all are, and it’s also our first win at home in several months. On top of that, I’m happy with the way we played because we were really good for 75 minutes. We were in control of the game, scored some nice goals and were also unbelievably stable in defence. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to kill the game off during that time, which allowed Arminia back into it. The mentality to keep going until the end is one of Bielefeld’s defining characteristics. After that it was important to defend our lead with everything we had, and we managed to do that.”
Uwe Neuhaus: “Obviously we’d envisioned the first half panning out differently. Wolfsburg were superior to us as a team; they were much more mature and streetwise than we were. That left us 2-0 down at the break, but we were determined to keep fighting until the final whistle, no matter what happened in the rest of the match. My team did that, so I can’t criticise them at all. After pulling a goal back we even had another good chance to score, but overall Wolfsburg deserved to win.”