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SCHULTZ. "WE COULD HAVE WON IT"

FC St. Pauli and SC Paderborn 07 eventually fought out a 2-2 draw after a rollercoaster finale. As usual, we noted the pick of the reaction in the mixed zone after the game.

Head coach Timo Schultz: "We did really well in the first half, applied lots of pressure and gave little away, but as we saw, Paderborn have great quality up front when your communication goes wrong at the back or you lose the ball in the wrong area of the pitch, so we have to be happy with a late point. I would have liked to win the game and I think we could have won it. As it is, you're left with two satisfied dissatisfied coaches sitting here. We both have a point and that's OK in the end."

Igor Matanović: "We pressed very well when Etienne and I came on. Platte and Conteh have outstanding quality, of course. It was a good game all in all. We had it in our hands in the first half but we lacked punch up front. We have to keep going now."

Etienne Amenyido: We wanted it more at the end and had more of the game overall. Perhaps we lacked that little bit of luck and final resolve in front of goal after we made it 1-1. It eventually ended 2-2 and we have to keep going now. That we twice came from behind shows you can never write us off."

Leart Paqarada: "I have mixed feelings after the game. It was up and down. When you score in injury time, it's a point won somehow, but I think more was possible today. We took a critical look at certain things during the week and brought them to the pitch very well from the start. We then conceded at a very bad time but fought our way back into it despite missing the penalty and then losing our concentration again for Conteh's goal, so I'm glad we scored again in time added on. I would have accepted the responsibility again and taken another penalty if we'd been given one, but I'm sorry obviously for the team that it didn't go in and we couldn't get our reward."

David Nemeth: "There was definitely more in it for us today if you look at the whole game. We did really well but conceded two unnecessary goals. It's bitterly disappointing when you then draw 2-2, of course. Nevertheless, in the end we're happy to have come back into it after going behind twice. I think that speaks for the team. We have a really cool group and aim to show that again in the next game."

Marcel Hartel: "It was basically a good performance from us against a strong Paderborn team, who have scored a lot of goals in recent weeks and are excellent going forward. We held our own very well. In the first half, they hardly had any chances until they took the lead, but they were clinical then. It's usually all over when you concede in time added on. We showed we never give up and give it all we've got from start to finish. We sometimes lack resolve up front, so we have to do better and create more chances to score. It would have been an even better performance had we done that today."

Lukas Kwasniok (Paderborn head coach): "We were unable to control St. Pauli's aggression and intensity in the first half and rarely created the moments where we feel comfortable. We were lucky to make it 1-0 before half-time. At half-time I told the lads the truth when I said it was our worst 45 minutes by far. We were unable to get into the game in a structured way. We were a bit childish in lots of situations, for example when we didn't make it 2-0 through Pieringer. St. Pauli then mounted even more pressure as the game wore on. It wasn't the performance I was hoping for from us, but then it got wilder and wilder. We landed a really lucky punch. Maybe I sent the wrong signal to the team with my sprint after the 2-1 and they thought it was over and done with. Then a long ball comes in and St. Pauli absolutely deserved the point in the end. Ultimately, it simply wasn't good enough from us and that's why we have to settle for the point."

 

Photos: Witters

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