Berlin - Hamburger SV were in no mood to celebrate 50 uninterrupted years in the Bundesliga after defeat away to Hertha Berlin on Saturday, with Rafael van der Vaart lamenting his side's poor finishing.

bundesliga.com rounds up what the key players made of the clash in the capital....

Hertha Berlin


Fabian Lustenberger: We showed patience today. We didn’t get into the game that well to start with, but the second half was better. We remained patient and tried to play our football. Thomas Kraft made some great saves in the end. A draw might have been a fair result, but of course we’re delighted to have won.

Nico Schulz: I saw Änis [Ben-Hatira] and he laid the ball off to me, and then I looked into the middle and saw Adrian [Ramos] and I passed it to him and he tucked it in, it went well. We were delighted in the end that this was another win. We’re pleased that we've started so well in the first three games. We showed that we can hold our own in the Bundesliga and impose our game

Hamburger SV


Rafael van der Vaart: We were a different side today, but still not at our best. We fought and we had our chances, but when you don’t take them, you concede goals like we did. It’s disappointing. We’re lacking a lot of things at the moment and we’re struggling. We were a lot better today than we were last week, but we’ve got to take our chances at this level. We’re giving everything and are doing our jobs. Hopefully we’ll win next week.

Heiko Westermann: We’ve now got to lift our heads high and carry on. We were a little nervous to begin with, but then we fought our way into the game well. It’s immensely frustrating that we’re empty-handed. We were controlling the game for long spells and put into practice what we had planned on doing before the game. Thanks also to the fans who pushed us forwards, they were fantastic. But that’s all insignificant - we need three points and we’ve got to work hard on getting them next week.

Dennis Diekmeier: We gave everything from the very beginning. It’s obviously frustrating that we conceded such a stupid goal. What’s positive is that we showed the will to win and I’m particularly sorry for the 15,000 fans who travelled here. The support they gave us was sensational. We’re disappointed, and we should be, but we'll give it all we’ve got again next week and then win our next home game.

Quotes from Sky have been used.