Ralf Fährmann: Sometimes there are days like that

Ralf Fährmann was the tragic figure of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen, with his mistake from a free-kick allowing the visitors to equalise. The captain spoke to schalke04.com about the two Werder goals and the upcoming matches.

Ralf Fährmann, a 2-1 defeat and two frustrating goals let in – Saturday was a day to forget.
Yes, it was a tough one. We were incredibly unlucky. I unfortunately made a mistake that let Werder back into the game. I felt the free-kick had a little too much venom to hold on to, so I just tried to bounce the ball down and then catch it, but I pushed it too far forward. I’m really sorry for the team, because it was an avoidable goal. I can only apologise.

What did you make of Bremen’s winner?
I wasn’t 100% sure whether their striker would get to the ball or not. When I saw he was getting there, I made myself big. Unfortunately the ball went between my legs. The last few minutes of the game really underlined how much bad luck we were having, after all, we hit the post minutes before their winner. Sometimes there are days like that.

It was another home match where we failed to get that second goal to put the game to bed…
That’s true, but it’s still a positive thing that we created so many chances. No one is missing on purpose. We’re still developing as a team and need to learn to be more clever and clinical in front of goal. We didn’t just lose because of missed chances. We need to be more composed at the back in future as well. We’re a young team and we have to learn from games like these.

What does the 2-1 loss to Werder mean in terms of the table?
I’ve always been someone who prefers not to get too bogged down looking at the table. The defeat won’t set us back. We need to take the positives, learn from the negatives and focus on the next game. We have another tough match on Wednesday.

What are you hoping for from the next two games?
Anything could still happen, so we need to put our absolute all into Wednesday’s meeting with Wolfsburg. We’re determined to reach the DFB-Pokal semi-finals and then we’ll look to give Bayern a real fight on the weekend. We’re looking forward to the game a lot, even though we know that Bayern are the clear favourites.

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