Karel Geraerts: A small step in the right direction, nothing more

Head coach Karel Geraerts and Rostock boss Alois Schwartz analysed S04’s 2-0 win at the Ostseestadion together at the post-match press conference on Sunday (10/12). Captain Simon Terodde and goalscorer Blendi Idrizi also gave their thoughts on the victory.

Karel Geraerts:

We overcame an extremely difficult challenge today. We knew we would come up against a good team and a powerful atmosphere. It was therefore important that we remained fully focused for the whole 90 minutes and kept our emotions in check. The first half was generally pretty even. We were well-organised defensively, but made too many mistakes going forward. It was a different game after half time. It’s not always easy when you’ve got an extra man, particularly away from home. We patiently waited for our chances and then took two of them. On top of that, we didn’t let them have any opportunities. It was a deserved victory in the end.

The table remains tight. We’ve taken a small step in the right direction, but nothing more. We’re back at square one against Fürth. We want to build on our second consecutive win without conceding and put in a solid performance at home. Ideally, we want to go into the winter break on the back of another victory.

Alois Schwartz:

It was a game full of emotion. Almost all of the action before the interruption was played in between both boxes, there was hardly anything going on in either final third. A lot of things went against us following the red card. It’s always going to be difficult playing with 10 men against a team that are so good at passing the ball like Schalke are. We were lucky twice that Bryan Lasme didn’t head in to make it 1-0. We couldn’t manage any decent counter-attacks to try and get something from the game.

Simon Terodde:

It was a really intense game with lots of challenges being put in from both sides. We upped our intensity and we’re happy that we have bounced back from the loss in Düsseldorf two weeks ago with two consecutive wins to nil. We kept ourselves warm in the changing rooms during the interruption in the match so that we were ready for when the referee got the game going again. I’d like to praise the team on how we managed this game. We wanted to improve our position in the standings and overtake Rostock and we did just that.

Blendi Idrizi:

I’m pleased that I was given the nod by the coach to be in today’s starting XI and I’m happy that I made the most of this opportunity. Scoring and winning is a great feeling for me. We played well in the second half and created lots of chances. It was important that we stayed calm and carried on looking for chances right until the end of the game. When I was fouled, I thought that it would be checked by VAR. The second consecutive victory without conceding motivates us. We can’t let up now and we’re determined to get three points in our final game of 2023 against Fürth.

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