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It was the proverbial game of two halves. Dresden were the busier side before the interval but neglected to add a second goal, while the Boys in Brown dominated the proceedings after the restart, with only some profligacy in front of goal preventing them from securing a third win in succession. Here's the post-match reaction.

Head coach Timo Schultz: "It was a very entertaining game with some good chances for Dynamo in the first half. We made too many mistakes there, especially in our build-up play. We weren't very clever, but that said Dresden did well. In the second half, we didn't give the ball away as often and the introduction of Eric Smith gave us more control. Up front, we were also able to recover a lot of the balls that we hadn't made use of, which allowed us to apply more pressure. I can't remember ever experiencing a game, either as a coach or a player, where a team hit the woodwork four times in one half. That really was a premiere today. We didn't apply ourselves too well in the first half but were much better in the second and ended up with a 1-1 draw. It's one more point for us and we take it back to Hamburg with us."

Leart Paqarada: "We struggled at times in the first half and gave the ball away too many times. Dresden operated with quick counterattacks and balls in behind and we were fortunate to go in level at half-time. Niko was a rock in goal. We then dominated the second half and created some really good chances but somehow we were out of luck. When you have a second half like that, you have to say it was definitely two points dropped, but in the end a point at Dresden could be worth its weight in gold. We've been on good form in recent games and are still on the right track. We have to keep picking up points and we'll see where that takes us."

Marcel Hartel: "Every point is vital and to get one at Dresden isn't bad. We wanted all three and we could have got them, especially in the second half, though Dresden also had some good chances before the break. I'm gutted we couldn't claim our reward and didn't have that little bit of luck where ball flies in again. We can build on the second half, but we gave the ball away too many times in the first and put ourselves in danger. Dresden switched the play quickly and had the quality as well."

Guerino Capretti (Dresden head coach): "It was a superb first half with some really good chances and really well worked opportunities. I would have liked to see us make more of one or two of them. You end up not scoring then. You could see what was coming towards the end of the first half when St. Pauli showed the quality they have. They're a really good footballing side, though we knew that beforehand. We also knew we couldn't keep them out for the whole 90 minutes. In the second half I would have liked to see more composure in our play and more possession whenever we won the ball. In the end, you could see we were determined to hang on to the point. We kept them at bay and Kevin Broll showed some good reflexes. We had some luck here and there with the four efforts against the woodwork. That was perhaps the luck we were lacking at Bremen. Put simply, we won the first half, St. Pauli the second. A draw. That's it."


Photo: Witters