Robin Dutt (Head coach VfL Bochum 1848): Heidenheim had a very good counter-attack situation right at the beginning, and they worked against the ball passionately. But gradually we got in the driving seat, despite the fact that our passing game wasn’t quite as confident as it used to be. We switched positions in attack and our gegenpressing was good, too. Of course, their red card helped a bit as well. In the end, I’d say it was a deserved win for us. We are happy to start the weekend with an important three points.
Frank Schmidt (Head coach 1. FC Heidenheim): Good evening and congratulations to Robin Dutt and VfL Bochum for the deserved victory. I think, except for the opening phase and Robert Glatzel’s chance at the beginning of the second half, we were very much the inferior team today. We didn’t draw confidence from the first ten, fifteen minutes. That’s when we won one-on-ones, stole the ball and found spaces to play into. We had one or two chances to take the lead, but from minute 15, VfL were king of the castle and kept punishing our mistakes in the build-up by robbing us of the ball. In the first half, they had two great chances to take the lead, first from an opportunity after playing down the wing and then with a shot hitting the post. But, if you go into the break with a scoreless draw, you still have some hope that you will be able to up your game. We had a good opportunity through Robert Glatzel and with a bit of luck, we could have taken the lead. But I have to be honest: After that, we simply weren’t good enough to get a result against a Bundesliga 2 team like VfL Bochum. We just couldn’t get back into the match, which of course was even harder after the sending-off. After being under pressure for most of the game, this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. In the end, this was a bitter defeat we now have to come to terms with. The same goes for missing seven important players. But that’s football and the bottom line is that we didn’t manage to take a point today. I’d like to wish you, Robin, and VfL Bochum all the best for the remainder of the season.
Tom Weilandt (VfL Bochum 1848): My shots just didn’t find the back of the net today – but then, it would have been too good to be true if I had scored today. What really counts is the fact that we recorded an important win today. Sooner or later, I will be able to contribute some goals again. It was a real battle today, but we also played well, and that was great fun.
Patrick Fabian (VfL Bochum 1848): Our game improved by the minute today and so did our self-confidence. In the course of the second half we completely took control even if they hit the bar once. We exerted pressure and did really well at constantly finding an unmarked teammate. Today, we managed to show how well we can actually play. Of course, you always need a bit of luck to win a match, but the most important aspect is the stability in our game – that’s what has made us strong under Robin Dutt and we rediscovered it today. Next week, we will have a regional derby at Bielefeld and that will be a fantastic match for our fans. We are determined to put in just as good a performance as today and to win another three points.
Chung Yong Lee (VfL Bochum 1848): I’ve been waiting so long for my first goal for VfL Bochum and now I’m more than happy to have scored at such an important moment. It was not just my goal; it belongs to everybody at the club. We played really well after working hard every day, and now I’m so pleased with the result. In the second half I did feel tired, but the goal really revived my spirits. I really enjoyed tonight, and I hope all the Bochum supporters did so, too.
Simon Zoller (VfL Bochum 1848): We were determined to give it our best shot tonight and we knew that Heidenheim are not sitting above us and near the top of the table by coincidence. They certainly have the quality to score goals as you could see when they hit the bar, which was a wake-up call. The red card definitely helped, but we also did well and Chungy took his chance excellently. In the end, it was a deserved win. Tonight we defended well, we battled hard and performed as a team. As a consequence, things were a bit easier and we had some good scenes. It was a passionate struggle and I really enjoyed the fans pushing us to the limit. Personally, I feel knackered but satisfied. I will stop trying lobs for a while – next time, I will just blast the ball at goal. But the good thing is that I am getting into scoring positions and sooner or later, I will take my chances. We took a lot of justified criticism lately and we were determined to put things right. We certainly took a step forward tonight even if it wasn’t perfect.