Votes of the match
"We played with heart and gave our all"
A strong will saw HSV win their first home game of the season 1-0 against FC Augsburg on Saturday afternoon. HSV.de caught up with the players and coaches to get the following comments on the game.
Exhausted but with a winning smile would probably be the best way to describe the HSV protagonists following the 1-0 home win over FC Augsburg on Bundesliga matchday 14. Once again the team left everything they had on the pitch at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg and won by way of a strong will against the fellow strugglers. Despite the red card shown to Lewis Holtby the mood was upbeat. Read here what they had to say.
Nicolai Müller: It is a great feeling to win at home again. Like us, our fans believed we could do it. We stuck at it after going down to ten men. We swore during half time that we would not be denied and that we would continue to press forward. After all we have had enough practice playing with ten men (laughs). We have been through a lot as a team and that bonds us. We are performing well as a team and want to add to our now four game unbeaten run in coming games.
Dennis Diekmeier: There was a lot going on in the game. I felt that we were the better team from the off. Then we got an unlucky sending off but we just got stuck in and never allowed it to rattle us. We swore during the break that we would remain positive and we deserved to win the game. We can now be happy for two days about this crucial home win – a great feeling.
Filip Kostic: I didn’t have any time to think as I scored. I just had to hit it right away. Luckily it went in and it was an amazing feeling. To score in front of those fans and celebrate with them was incredible. Now we must continue winning to improve our situation.
Michael Gregoritsch: I am glad that we won. It is a great feeling winning at home. The atmosphere was great, especially towards the end. I have rarely heard the Volkspark so loud, it was great fun. As far as my own game goes, I am full of confidence that I can hit the target. I was a little unlucky in front of goal today, but playing right at the front suits me.
Lewis Holtby: I have seen the TV footage and the pictures make it look worse than it really was. He put his full body weight on my and I tried to get him off me. It looks bad but I never intended to hit or injure him. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not like that and that i would never do such things on purpose. It was the first red card of my career and I was at a loss as to what to do afterwards. Of course it makes me all the haoppier that the team showed the right reaction. Hats off to the lads!
Markus Gisdol: We laid plans following our last games and were determined not to lose our balance, which we did well. We played well in the first half. Things of course changed after the sending off on the stroke of half time. We swithched things around and matched them well. It was a fine team performance. The fans were right behind us. It was a very emotional game. We played with heart and gave our all. It was a team win and we must continue down the path we are on.
Dirk Schuster (FCA coach): The game was as we had expected it to be. HSV wanted to win their first home game of the season. They were more gritty in the opening half. Things looked different after the sending off before the break. I told my players during the break that HSV would try to get the crowd behind them and they did, especially after our man was sent off which weakened us.