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ZANDER: " WE GAVE OUR ALL AGAIN TODAY"

The Boys in Brown and head coach Timo Schultz were happy to settle for a point after the 1-1 draw at Werder Bremen. Here's the post-match reaction.

Head coach Timo Schultz: "It was an even game today when you take the entire 90 minutes. Bremen kept things simple and got the ball forward with structure. We didn't pressure the ball enough and Werder had opportunities from open play and from set pieces. They were incredibly dangerous and we can be glad to go in goalless at half-time. It was more evenly balanced in the second half. We didn't give the ball away so often and played our way through well. Unfortunately, we then conceded the opening goal on the break. That's one of Bremen's qualities and you can't always defend that over 90 minutes. My players produced a fantastic response, though. They got the equaliser straightaway, kept at it and created chances. We even got the goal, but unfortunately it didn't count. All things considered, we can be satisfied. I'm not really a fan of draws but I can live with the one today."

Luca Zander: "We gave our all again today and got our reward with the equaliser. In the end, we have to be satisfied with the point even though we would have loved all three. Bremen did well, they were solid and caused us problems, especially in the first half. We have to acknowledge that. It was a special game for me. When I look up to the stand here, half of it is friends and family. It's really incredible."

Philipp Ziereis: "The game went back and forth. After a three-match week including the 120 minutes at Dresden on Wednesday, we can live with a point, even though we were a touch closer to winning it at the end. Football was made for grounds and atmospheres like this, for St. Pauli against Bremen. I enjoyed it. We now look to our next game at Sandhausen. That's worked well for us so far."

Markus Anfang (Werder Bremen coach): "It was a high-intensity game and I also felt we were the better side in the first half. We had good chances through Füllkrug and Ducksch as well as set pieces where a ball can slip through. In the second half, St. Pauli had two target men up front including Makienok, who holds the ball up well. They also have good, technically gifted players in their ranks and we had a couple of situations to survive. If we'd held on to the lead longer, we'd have been within reach of winning the game. It was tough after the equaliser. All in all, a draw is a fair result even though we had two really good opportunities towards the end. We have to live with the point, I can't fault the players."

 

Photos: Witters

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