"We only have ourselves to blame"
2-4 at KSC - round one DFB Cup exit. The worst possible start to the new season. The huge disappointment was clearly visible on the faces of the HSV players and coach Thorsten Fink, as they gave their reaction to the unnecessary defeat at the Wildparkstadion.
It was a mixture of massive disappointment and exhaustion, as the HSV players sunk to their knees on the Waldstadion pitch as the final whistle was blown in Karlsruhe on Sunday afternoon (19.08.12), signalling a round one exit. A week before the Bundesliga start, the Rothosen were keen to kick off the 2012/13 season on a positive note. Despite leading 2-1 at the break, HSV had to shelve their cup ambitions at the very first hurdle, losing 2-4 in the end. We collected the following reaction to the giant-killing.
Thorsten Fink: "Of course we are all very disappointed at missing a chance to make a positive start to the new season. We were in control, leading 2-1 and failed to score a third goal which would have put the game to bed. We then played into their hands by giving away silly free kicks in dangerous positions which they managed to score from. That cost us victory and is an aspect we have to work hard on to ensure it doesn't happen again in the future."
Heiko Westermann: "We had chances to make it 3-1 and 4-1, but we didn't take them. Instead we invited them to score by giving away avoidable free kicks. It is just bitter, tremendously bitter, and we are all bitterly disappointed. We wanted to start the new season on a positive note and played well at times, only to stand there empty handed in the end. We have to prevent such dead ball situations from happening. Looking at the 90 minutes as a whole, it was just catastrophic."
Per Skjelbred: "I just feel so empty after the game and don't know how to put it all into words. The fact that we lost here today is nothing short of catastrophic. We should have played much better after the break and taken our chances. We had everything under control, led 2-1 but failed to score a third, and made mistakes which lost us the game. We only have ourselves to blame."