HÜRZELER: "WORTH MUCH MORE THAN PRETTY FOOTBALL"
Saturday, 11. March 2023, 17:53 Uhr
The Boys in Brown beat a strong Fürth team 2-1 to claim the next three points on Saturday afternoon, but it was hard work. After the game, the Hürzeler XI were obviously delighted to have made it seven wins in a row, even if it wasn't their best performance. The post-match reaction.
Head coach Fabian Hürzeler: "It was a very intense game. We knew Fürth would press aggressively and try to cause havoc because we're a team who like to play out from the back. We were too nonchalant in that respect and overcomplicated things. Our shape wasn't right either. Fürth took a deserved lead and we were lucky the second goal was offside. How we respond is what's decisive. We can play badly sometimes, like we did in the first 25 minutes, but the way the players stuck together and the spirit they showed tells me this is a team that works. That's very important for a coach. The red card then played into our hands. In the second half, we controlled the game and only allowed them one goalscoring opportunity after losing the ball cheaply. I'm happy and proud of the way the team came from behind, coped with a difficult situation in a difficult game and pulled together. That's worth much more than pretty football."
Oladapo Afolayan: "It was a tough game today and not our best performance since I arrived here. I'm obviously delighted we won and I scored my first goal. When the ball was in the air, I simply thought go for it and it went in. It’s an outstanding feeling but winning with the team is more important than me scoring my first goal."
Manolis Saliakas: "I always play for the team and for the fans and always try to do my best. When I scored I ran over to the fans. I'm happy to feel the love of the fans. I dedicate my goal to my brother, who was in the ground today."
Leart Paqarada: "We're delighted to make it seven wins in a row. It was a very tough game for us today. We didn't play well in the first half, but I think these are the games you have to turn around as a team when things aren't going so well. It says a lot for our character."
Lukas Daschner: "We were asleep in the first ten minutes and were lucky with the offside goal because that would have made it 2-0. The first goal didn't serve as a wake-up call, but after the offside goal we got together and said we had to forget the first ten minutes and play our game. We did that bit by bit. I can't say whether it was a red card or not, but I think you can give it. I was halfway past Jung and then he stretched his arms out and threw himself on me. After that, Fürth couldn't exert as much pressure on the ball when they were down to ten and we were really good on the ball. We created chances and got the second. It was important to get another three points but we haven't achieved anything yet."
Alexander Zorniger (head coach Greuther Fürth): "Congratulations to FC St. Pauli on their fantastic fans and obviously on the win, which was more than lucky. We asked St. Pauli questions they couldn't answer. I heard the offside goal was a matter of millimetres. Nevertheless, we still had loads of chances to score and the team were simply outstanding. In the end three things happened that shouldn't happen at this level. We had a clear opportunity to clear our lines before they equalised. There’s no need to talk about the red card. And then the second goal in the second half, a half in which we actually defended well and created chances. In the end we lacked that last little bit and it hurts. We have to keep working hard on that. I'm fine with the general way we played and hope we can deliver a similar performance against Magdeburg, albeit a more successful one."