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The Boys in Brown had a point in their grasp at Holstein Kiel but eventually had to settle for their fifth away defeat in a row. After the final whistle, a despondent bunch of players reflected on the previous 90 minutes, with Henk Veerman, in particular, left exasperated by his missed penalty.

Director of sport Andreas Bornemann: "It was spectacular stuff in stoppage time but it didn't end well for us. It's never easy to take a penalty when you've stood with the ball under your arm for so long, so I didn't have a good feeling before he took it. At half-time, we were still well in it at just a goal down and in view of the second half performance would have deserved to take a point."

Daniel Buballa: "We wanted to keep things tight, and we did that very well in the first 20 minutes but then we lost a bit of control. Kiel came more into it and we went in at half-time a goal down. We hit the ground running in the second half. We showed the aggression you need to get a result away from home and got our reward, but then we were too passive again. We gave them a free header for the second goal, which just shouldn't happen. It's too easy then, we have to get closer. We recovered after the second setback, threw everything at it, and got the penalty. In the end it's bitterly disappointing."

Robin Himmelmann: "It's always difficult to get your hands through a thicket of players like there was for their second goal. None of us looked too clever there. We could have taken a point right at the end but didn't. We won't have much of a say at the top end of the table now, instead we have to build a points cushion towards the bottom."

Henk Veerman: "We didn't mount any good attacks in the first half. It was better in the second. I had the chance to win us a point, but I didn't do a good job. It's my mistake."

Salih Özcan: "I'm delighted to have helped the team with my goal. We pressed them well in the final third of the pitch and won a lot of possession. St. Pauli were good as well, though, they tried to turn it round by playing football. They made it very difficult for us to get the three points. Many thanks to Gelios for saving the penalty. We were a bit of a mess after that but we held onto all three points."

Janni Serra (Holstein Kiel): "That's the fastest goal I've scored after coming on. The ball came as planned and I was perfectly placed to score. It isn't easy for the keeper, and we conceded a goal just like that against HSV. You can give the penalty at the end, but Gelios saved it to seal the win for us. We've gone a few games unbeaten now and won the last two."


Photos: Witters



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