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Post Match Report

27.11.18

Preserve energy and eradicate mistakes

Hannes Wolf spoke in a press conference after training about the 2-2 draw against 1. FC Union Berlin and the upcoming games.

Despite the freezing temperatures at the training ground, Hannes Wolf remained calm and composed as he spoke to journalists about his views on the upcoming games. He was obviously still disappointed with conceding the late equaliser last night as he believed his team did enough in the game to bag the three points. However the 37-year-old wanted to focus on the positive aspects of his team’s performance and praised the way his players fought back from 1-0 down in the second half. However it was not enough for a home win, which Wolf believes would have been deserved.

The boss spoke in detail about…

…his feelings after the game: We know that we did not play as well as we could for parts of the game. We knew that Union would start playing lots of long balls at the end. We lost decisive duels in the 90th minute which was hard to take. The lads showed a great reaction in the second half to take the lead and put Union under lots of pressure. We are also happy to have managed to come back into the game.

…Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s injury: Pierre has a problem with his calf and will be out for around three weeks. Pierre was in good form and trained really well. It is a shame but we will not use it as an excuse in future. We need to get on with it. We hope he recovers well so he can be involved again against Kiel.

…taking off Aaron Hunt: If we had made it 3-1 or cleared the ball properly in the last few minutes, everyone would have been saying that taking off Aaron was the right decision. Therefore I am questioning myself whether it was the right decision. We wanted to revert to a back five because we were expecting lots of long balls and they had put two up top. I needed to change things at the time and I now have to bear the brunt of my decision.

…Bakery Jatta’s role: He has made an impact every time he has come off the bench in recent weeks. He had some good spells yesterday and was always a willing runner. There are obviously times when he could have made better of the situation he was in but above all I am happy with his performance. He needs to now keep working hard and improving every day.

…the central defenders: When I first took over, David Bates started. He then got sent off against Magdeburg and Léo Lacroix played really well against Köln. We always decide game by game. We have got different options and I do not want to pick just two centre backs and stick with them. But a team also needs consistency and stability.

…the upcoming opponents: Ingolstadt have just changed their manager so it is hard to judge how the game will go. It will be a difficult game despite their position in the league. They have some quality players and therefore will not take the game lightly.