bundesliga.com rounds up the protagonists's post-match reactions at the HDI Arena:
Edgar Prib: For a good 25 minutes, Mainz played very well and we had to get to grips with that. Once we turned the game, everything ran a lot smoother. We got ourselves back in the game very well after Mainz scored the opening goal. It was also important for us to score from a set-piece situation. We simply need to be more alert and even more aggressive. We implemented that well over the course of the game. For me personally, it was a fantastic feeling to score my first goal. Winning at home today will do us a world of good. It’s certainly extremely good for our self-confidence and it means we can be confident ahead of our trip to Bayern.
Leon Andreasen: We won the important challenges, worked very well down the wings and created good chances on the counter-attack. I think that was the difference in the game tonight. The goal we conceded was very unlucky. It’s really uncomfortable playing against Mainz. We were a little hesitant at the beginning, but Mainz didn’t come out all guns blazing either. After Mainz made it 1-0 it was completely different game. We’re all delighted that we’re looking very strong on home soil again. We’ve won our first three home matches, which is super for the side. It gives us a lot of confidence.
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Christoph Moritz: We travelled to Hannover with nine points on the board and naturally wanted to leave with twelve. We started the game very well, deserved to go in front and then still managed to go into the break 2-1 down. No one could really explain it, both goals were completely unnecessary. After half-time we played good football 30 yards from goal, but couldn’t create a truly clear-cut chance with which we would have been able to equalise with. If we had managed to make it 2-2 the game would once again have taken a different course, but once they made it 3-1 it was game over. Despite our tactical alterations during the second half, we in midfield couldn’t provide the service to our attacking players. That was one of the main reasons that we couldn’t create any promising chances today.
Nicolai Müller: We deserved to lose today. We have to admit that. Although each of us know that it’s easy to concede quickly from a Hannover set-piece, that’s still exactly what happened. In the second half we had the feeling we could still take something from the match for a long time. Once they made it 3-1 though, there was nothing we could do.