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Post match reaction

14.01.18

"We lack incisiveness in attack"

We gathered the reactions from a frustrated HSV camp after Saturday’s defeat in Augsburg.

Julian Pollersbeck had pictured his Bundesliga debut going differently. The new number one between the sticks could only hang his head in disappointment at full time in Augsburg, much like the rest of his teammates. An avoidable goal conceded, a lack of pressure and creativity in attack – it’s a defeat that hurts, particularly considering results for the neighbouring sides in the table on Saturday. We heard from the players and the management on the 1-0 loss to FC Augsburg.

Mergim Mavraj: The result is a real disappointment. It hurts not to have shown any real incisiveness in attack. It was a fairly even game in the first half, albeit without any brilliant football. In general, you got the feeling that Augsburg wanted it more, and we have to take a long, hard look at ourselves. We need to push ourselves to the limit to try and score.

Sejad Salihovic: We need to be testing the goalkeeper a lot more and get into the box more often. We have to move on quickly now, and we’ve got a very important game at home to Köln around the corner which we have to win! We all need to get that into our heads. We can only get out of this situation as a team.

Julian Pollersbeck: I wasn’t overly nervous ahead of the game, I was just looking forward to it. But, like everyone else, all I’m feeling now is disappointment. It’s a very frustrating defeat. We need to treat every game like a final and work our way up the table.

Jens Todt: The players battled well. Augsburg’s goal was avoidable, but it can happen. The problem was that we had no penetration going forward after that. As a result, we didn’t create any goalscoring opportunities. It’s annoying, as we’ve lost ground again today, which hurts and is starting to drag on. We’re not scoring enough goals, there’s no denying that.

Markus Gisdol: We’re good up until the final third, then we lack incisiveness. There were a few moments where we had the chance to counter, but made the wrong decision. Augsburg, on the other hand, managed to score a goal despite not creating many chances. We’re not doing enough in attack, but the players are hardly brimming with confidence after the results we’ve had. We need to regain some self-belief in our counterattacking play.