Thomas Reis (manager VfL Bochum 1848): We’re absolutely delighted to have gained the three points here today. We knew, that Heidenheim are one of the strongest teams on home soil. You could see that today. Of course, our game didn’t start well because of Manu’s injury. It’s very sad to see him leaving the pitch as he’s one of our key players. But I can also say straightaway: Patrick Drewes came in very well and showed confidence. That was important for us. It’s not natural that you are able to show a performance like this when you come off the bench. We wanted to be more compact compared to the recent games and we did that. So, we were able to prevent chances by the opposition much better. That was very decisive today. We scored the opener from a set piece and very well defended this lead. We started very well into the second half. We put in a great counterattack and made it 2-0. Heidenheim then tried everything. We’re happy to have kept a clean sheet. Efficiency was the key today. From my point of view, the win is well-deserved.

Patrick Drewes (VfL Bochum 1848): As a substitute goalkeeper, you always have to be prepared for a moment like that. It’s never nice to come off the bench and have to be fully in the game from one second to the other. You have to be right there. Luckily, this worked out very well today – it hadn’t been long since the warm-up and I was still ready to go. That helped.

Herbert Bockhorn (VfL Bochum 1848): It just feels amazing right now. We knew that Heidenheim would be a herd nut to crack. Those are massively important points for us today. We’re more than happy. Now we have four final games ahead of us.

Gerrit Holtmann (VfL Bochum 1848): It was a hard game which was very physical. We came out as winners and that makes us very happy. Patrick did a great job today and even kept the clean sheet for us. This season, you see that whenever someone is out injured, the next one comes in and gives everything for the team. That’s what makes us stand out: the brilliant team spirit.

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