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A run of eight home wins out of eight came to an end today when the Boys in Brown were held to a draw by Aue. After the game there was disappointment over the performance but not over the morale. The visitors, for their part, would surely have taken a point before the game, but in view of the late equaliser the 2-2 draw will feel more like a defeat.

Head coach Timo Schultz: "We were dominant in the first half but conceded with the only shot we gave them. It was a very good move by Aue and we switched off for a moment. We kept at it after the break but were impatient and neglected our defensive cover. Aue were effective in winning possession, and they caught us out once or twice with their long balls and created some chances, so we can be happy to come away with a draw. Even though we dominated the proceedings, we failed to create enough clear-cut chances. Aue kept things very tight in the centre and their backline didn't allow us much space, which didn't make it easy. We had some decent attacks but didn't make the most of them. That was our biggest shortcoming today. There were lots of good signs but our passing lacked accuracy, our first touch wasn't clean, or the cross didn't come into the danger area. Too many little things weren't good enough today. I have to praise my team nevertheless. They kept going to the end and never shirked a tackle or a run, even though plenty didn't go right today. We'll take the point and have a critical look at the performance tomorrow. We go again on Tuesday, so we won't have much time to quibble about things. We'll go into the Dortmund game to win it, though we know it'll be much tougher than a league game."

Philipp Ziereis: "We got a deserved equaliser late on. We can't be satisfied with the performance, though, because we'd envisaged it going differently. We knew what we were up against. Aue have regrouped and signed some new players. It was clear they'd sit back and try to hit us on the break. We were the better team and had a lot of the ball, but we should have made better use of it. We made a lot of mistakes in possession and kept giving the ball away, which played into Aue's hands. We'll draw a line under it and keep going. We've always been good at that."

Guido Burgstaller: "There's always a bit of luck involved when you equalise in the last minute. The only positive thing today was that we kept our belief, but that's about it. Aue took the lead with their first chance, but we never gave up and got a deserved equaliser. We didn't play well in the second half. Our passing was too untidy. We have a few things in need of improvement, both on and off the ball, and we conceded twice again. When you keep having to score two or three to draw or win, it's going to get tight at some point. We have to defend better as a team and start keeping clean sheets again, but we'll look forward to the cup game against Dortmund now. We go into the game as clear underdogs, but we know anything is possible in the cup."

Etienne Amenyido: "Aue kept things very tight at the back. It was a bit wild at times, we kept giving the ball away and didn't find enough answers. We were desperate not to start the new year with a defeat and are glad to get the equaliser late on. We kept believing right to the end and knew we'd get our chances. I'm obviously delighted to have scored."

Pavel Dotchev (Erzgebirge Aue director of sport and interim coach): "It was a very interesting and exciting game, my compliments to both teams. We knew what we were up against today. St. Pauli were the better team, especially in the first half. Our plan was to let them have the ball and try to hit them on the break, which is how we got the opening goal. We struggled to get the ball past the halfway line, though, the game took place in our half of the pitch throughout the first half. We changed things for the second half, our shape was better, and we made a game of it. Our play was much better after the change and we had some good chances. I can be very pleased with the way we played today. After four defeats that was a good day for us at last, though it does feel like a defeat when you concede in time added on. Nevertheless, if someone had told us before the game that we'd get a point at St. Pauli, we'd have taken it straightaway. The annoying thing is that it was the third time we've conceded in time added on."


Photos: Witters


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