Mark Uth: “I’m thankful to the fans for their patience”

There is a real feeling of relief at the club after Schalke’s 3-1 success over Hannover 96. Domenico Tedesco felt the goal to make it 2-1 was decisive, captain Benjamin Stambouli praised the team’s mentality and Mark Uth thanked the fans. Schalke04.de has summarised the post-match reactions.

Domenico Tedesco:

We are very happy with three points – they were fully deserved. In the first half, we were slightly surprised that Nabil Bentaleb wasn’t man marked. We couldn’t execute our plans as we’d liked and ended up playing one or two unnecessary long balls. We still managed to make three good chances in the first half though. We managed to get more room in the second half thanks to Amine Harit and Suat Serdar. The first goal spurred us on a bit and we managed to be more effective after it. You can’t really hide the equalising goal, but the time between the equaliser and our second goal was vital. To score so quickly after conceding gave us real confidence and some security – the third even more so. We saw the game out well in the final stages.

André Breitenreiter:

We wanted to run at Schalke and try and disrupt their back three, as well as stop passes to Nabil Bentaleb. They didn’t get a grip on the game and we were strong defensively early on. We played a variable 4-3-3, but couldn’t find the final pass in the first half an hour to get that goal. After this, Bentaleb came into the game more and we didn’t defend that well. We then conceded a contentious penalty after the break, but believed in ourselves and came back into the game. We scored a lovely equaliser, however the game was decided by conceding a second goal so soon. This really shouldn’t have happened. We are making too many basic errors at the moment, which are being punished through goals. We tried everything to score an equaliser. It’s a shame that we couldn’t get any points to match our performance today.

Mark Uth:

I’ve finally scored! The fans have been very patient with me, which I’m so happy about. The fans were definitely as pleased as I was to finally get that goal. Nobody booed or whistled at me – they all backed me, which I’m very thankful for. It was a very intense game. We struggled going forwards in the first 15 minutes, but we improved. We were excellent in the second half up tops and got the goals we deserved. I’m not sure why the referee changed his decision on the first penalty we were awarded.

Benjamin Stambouli:

That was a great performance by us. A win will always do us the world of good. We defended well and got stuck in a lot. We’ve got a lot quality up front and are happy that we scored three goals today. We got our heads up immediately after conceding and got our reward. We were positive and got the goal straight away – that showed the top mentality the team has. The three points are also important with regard to the league table. At 2-1 the game was still wide open, but Mark’s goal sealed the deal for us.

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