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KNOLL: "AN AWESOME GAME, NICE AND TASTY BUT FAIR"

After the goalless draw at HSV, we asked the players and officials how they saw the game. Here's the post-match reaction.

Director of sport Uwe Stöver: "We remained patient to the end and kept our shape in line with our game plan. Unfortunately, we weren't able to take the chance at the end, but we're happy with the nil-nil because it means we've come out of a three-match week with seven points. We're starting to find a balance between defence and attack, but that's a process. It was important to perform well at the back during a busy period. Seven points is a decent outcome."

Christopher Avevor: "We knew HSV had a lot of individual quality and like to keep possession. We were patient and maintained our defensive shape very, very well. We worked very hard and had our chances and if we'd been clinical could even have taken all three points. We could have operated more intelligently in possession, but we can live with the point today and seven from the three-match week. The atmosphere was super, although when you're on the pitch it's like being in a tunnel."

Johannes Flum: "We wanted to keep a clean sheet and that's what we did. Defensively, it was absolutely fine, but we have more potential going forward. We were too imprecise, even though we had the space on occasions. That's a pity. Overall it was anything but a normal game. We would have liked to have rewarded our fans. It was very emotional when we went out to warm up. For us it's all about being consistent now."

Philipp Ziereis: "This game will live on in the memory. The atmosphere was outstanding, and our fans were right behind us. Nobody wanted go at it too fast, so both teams were a bit more cautious than usual and happy to settle for the point. All in all, a draw is a fair result. We'll now go flat out against Sandhausen and then we can take a breather during the international break."

Robin Himmelmann: "Today you could tell HSV didn't want to make the same mistakes as they did in their last home game against Regensburg. They didn't give much space away, but neither did we. We kept things tight, defended really well and kept HSV away from our goal. From the 80th minute we all went to the limit and beyond. In the end we can be satisfied with the point. Seven points from the last three games is a great return in view of pounding we'd taken in previous weeks."

Christopher Buchtmann: "Nil-nil is a far result, there were chances at both ends, albeit not that many. We were a bit wild in the first 15 minutes, but after that we moved the ball around better. We wanted to stand firm at the back and keep a clean sheet – we did both. I'm not entirely satisfied with the point because there was more in it in the last few minutes, but we have to keep our feet on the ground. We've taken an away point against clear favourites for promotion and we can live with that. It was pretty tasty out there, there were some heated moments."

Mats Møller Dæhli: "We battled hard and gave nothing away. That's what we want. We should have been a bit braver. You speak to a lot of fans and people from the club before the game and realise you have to give your all on the pitch. I don't think I've ever run as much as I did today."

Marvin Knoll: "We'll take the point. It was an awesome game, nice and tasty but fair. It was great fun. We gave little away at the back but could have made better use of our chances on the break. I'm proud of the team. I could have a game like that every week. We go out of a three-match week with seven points. That'll do!"

Lewis Holtby (Hamburger SV): "We dominated throughout, St. Pauli relied entirely on counterattacks. We did well defensively but not going forward."

Khaled Narey (Hamburger SV): "We were desperate to win the game. You could see neither team wanted to concede, and there weren't many chances. We gave little away and had a lot of the ball, but the final pass was lacking too often."

 

Photos: Witters

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