Simon Terodde: We could have won it
Following Schalke’s 1-1 draw away to Karlsruher SC on Saturday afternoon, both head coaches spoke to the media. Simon Terodde and Florian Flick also gave their thoughts on the game.
We knew that Karlsruhe would be full of confidence after winning their last two games. It was a fiery clash straight away, with lots of tackles and second balls. We lost the ball too easily in the first half on too many occasions. We played down one side of the pitch too much and should have switched the play more often. When we actually did that, we were dangerous. Both teams looked to attack in the second half and were searching for a second goal. Ultimately, we’ll have to settle for a point. We know that we have to improve.
The start of the game was slightly edgy. We took a while to get going. Once we did though, we had more control of the game and turned the match into a hard-fought battle, something which they are good at too. It was an attritional affair – the football wasn’t always top class, but you have to remember what league and situation you are in.
We obviously wanted all three points. Looking at the game and the number of chances both teams had, a draw is a fair result. We were lacking a cutting edge in the first half at times. They were dangerous on the break on a few occasions towards the end.
We went 1-0 up but then conceded an equaliser just before the break. The second half was up and down for us, it was a real battle. Karlsruhe had chances from set pieces in particular, though we did too. Darko Churnilov and Marvin Pieringer both had opportunities to win it for us towards the end, which would have been really important for us. We’ll take the point against a side that is strong at home. Now we have to win at home against Rostock.