Despite the heat at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday, there was plenty of fight and action during the draw between the Wolves and the promoted side from North Rhine-Westphalia: two impressive goals from throw-ins, an open period of play with gilt-edged chances at both ends, but sadly also a serious injury to VfL summer signing Xaver Schlager, who fractured his ankle. Afterwards, both coaches gave their assessment at the press conference.
Oliver Glasner: “It was a very difficult game for us today. Up to the 10th minute, when Xaver Schlager was badly injured, we were doing very well. Then he has to go off and in the same minute, we’re not alert to a quick, deep throw-in. At half-time, we said we wanted to stay calm and we’d get our chances. The players acted on that and got the equaliser. It got a bit wild after that. The players were determined to score the winner but then we left gaps at the back and faced two or three very dangerous counter-attacks. Over the 90 minutes, a point apiece was fair. Although we would’ve liked to have won, we can be very happy with seven points from three games.”
Steffen Baumgart: “We’ve seen a very passion-fuelled game, and despite the high temperatures, one with a high work rate from both sides. We conceded the equaliser from our own throw-in but it was important that the lads didn’t let their heads drop, got forward and didn’t sit back. They deserve credit for that. We’ll happily take the hard-earned point today.”