Head coach Martin Schmidt.
SA .  9. 12. 2017
First Team

"Showed strong mentality"

The coaches reactions on the 0-0 draw in Hamburg.

Head coach Martin Schmidt.

Whilst HSV coach Markus Gisdol bemoaned the score-less draw, after what he had considered „a really good performance“ from his side, VfL coach Martin Schmidt was happy about a hard-earned away point – with his “getting stuck in and showing strong mentality.” In the end, the Wolves were happy to have “gotten off lightly” in a game held in difficult weather conditions.

Martin Schmidt: It was a tough game for us. HSV are a side that press aggressively and leave you very little time on the ball to do anything decisive with. We got stuck in tonight and showed a strong mentality – which was new for us and something we had to become accustomed to – winning second balls, battling man-on-man - above all when under pressure. The best we could take from today was the point and knowledge that, when our attack doesn’t shine, our defence is there when it counts. We were a bit lucky in defending to the end and we got off a bit lightly, as our opponents did the job well. I am surely a little happier than my colleague here tonight. A point away and home wins – that’s something we can live with, although the lads are not all satisfied with today’s game. Next up is Leipzig and then we must show a reaction.

Markus Gisdol: That game was in our hands. The conditions were difficult and the pitch was very heavy and slippery. Maybe that was part of the reason for us not getting the ball over the line here. Considering the conditions, we did very well in finding footballing solutions and we continually created five to six minute periods of serious pressure. We played very well today. In our last two home games we scored three goals on each occasion. I’d be happy to take one of those away and add it today – just because we would have deserved the win. The result is too little for us, but the manner in which we played the game was very good.

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