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After the 1-1 draw against VfB Stuttgart, we visited the mixed zone to hear what the players had to say. The Boys in Brown were pleased with the result, but less so with the way the equaliser came about. 

Director of sport Andreas Bornemann: "As so often, it depends how you look at it. Before the game, a point against a team like that is good, but when you see how the game went, you're more likely to be angry about dropping two points. In view of the performance and the opportunities we had, I definitely think we would have deserved to win. The way the team ran and fought today leaves no doubt that this is an intact group of players."

Robin Himmelmann: "When you're one up against Stuttgart, you shouldn't be conceding on the break in the 81st minute. It was a bit naive. That's why I was so annoyed because we defended very well for long periods. Apart from that, we can take a lot of positives from the game."

Waldemar Sobota: "It was a definite improvement today. We wanted to show a different face compared with Tuesday and we did that for the most part. It's annoying to concede on the break ten minutes before the end of a home game. We'll take the point against tough opposition today and look forward to the game at Kiel."

Rico Benatelli: "We gave a battling performance today. We all ran for each other, which isn't easy against a side with the individual quality of Stuttgart. It's very disappointing, of course, to concede an equaliser just before the end. We wanted to play with courage, and we put some good moves together. After such a long time, it was a great feeling for me personally to run out to Hells Bells in a St. Pauli shirt. I'd been looking forward to it the whole time and now it's happened."

Johannes Flum: "We wanted to win today and for a long time it looked like that would happen. We defended with passion and are obviously disappointed. We didn't play the way we wanted to against Fürth, but we showed a reaction today."

Ryo Miyaichi: "I knew where Henk would run and he scored a superb goal. It was a really good moment. I should have scored myself in the first half, but I overthought it. A point against Stuttgart is OK, now we have to place the focus on the next game."

Henk Veerman: "We know Stuttgart are a very good team. We defended very well and gave them only two or three chances, from which they scored one. That's the quality of Gomez. It was very hard for me today because they defended with three men."

Sven Mislintat (director of sport, VfB Stuttgart): "We're happy to take the point. If we keep up our two-point average, we'll be OK."

Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart): "We showed courage and morale. The good thing is definitely that we came back. In the first half of the season, we'd have lost a game like that, today we at least took a point. It could have been more, for sure, but we're in an ongoing process and that was a big step forward today."

Gregor Kobel (VfB Stuttgart): "We've had two games under our new coach now and are still unbeaten. Hopefully it will continue like that. We have huge quality in the team. The fact is we need every player. We have a busy schedule in front of us, so it's normal to rotate a lot."


Photos: Witters


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