Simon Terodde: We all craved this victory

Striker Simon Terodde’s 90th-minute goal rounded off a 3-1 victory for FC Schalke 04 over Fortuna Düsseldorf. The scenes of celebrations following the goal, both on and off the pitch, showed the pure relief of everyone at the Veltins Arena.

The joyous moments began as soon as Terodde struck the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal with the outside of his foot. The striker did not know what to do with himself at first, but a quick glance at the bench gave him the inspiration for his celebration. “I saw the lads on the bench sprint towards the corner flag and perform knee slides, which you don’t often see.” The boys then began to pile on top of one another with Terodde at the bottom.

So much more than just a win

“Even though I could hardly breathe at the end of it, it was such an incredible moment,” commented the attacker. “To put the game to bed like that in this brilliant stadium, it’s a moment I will often look back on.” The goal to make it 3-1 was so much more than the deciding goal. “We all craved that goal and that moment, both the fans and the team. It was a hugely important win!”

It was clear to see the team’s hunger to get a home win from minute one; even the opposition’s opening goal did not unsettle them as they stuck to their plan of attacking football. “We don’t need to be passive or overly cautious when playing at home, we have to apply pressure from the start. We all defended from the front today and played it up the pitch quickly from the get-go,” analysed Terodde following his brace. The fan’s support encouraged the team and their style of play. “We’d just got beat 4-1 in our last game and despite this the fans were with us today from the start. You just have to win at home when your fans are behind you like that.”

Edging closer and closer to the record

Terodde’s second brace of the campaign takes him to six goals already this season and he is currently the top scorer in the 2. Bundesliga (as of 28th August). He is also in a good position in the all-time 2.Bundesliga goalscoring charts with 148 goals; the centre-forward now just needs six goals to equal Dieter Schatzschneider’s tally. Both he and all Schalke fans would love for him to break that record this season, as it would mean even more celebrations, even more points, and, most of all, even more home victories.