Calhanoglu: 'A great feeling'

Hamburg - Hakan Calhanoglu referred to his own persistence in Hamburger SV's 2-1 win over 1. FC Nürnberg, as his eighth shot from ten finally broke the deadlock in the Imtech Arena. The visitors' Markus Feulner, meanwhile, took a candid view of the defeat that left der Club 15th in the table.

Hamburger SV

bundesliga.com rounds up the post-match reaction from Hamburg...

It [the victory] isn't just down to me. We really wanted to win the game, we went for it at the end and I think we were good value for the win. It was a really tough match, though. Nürnberg were very solid. I wanted to shoot a lot today, I did that and I just thought that one would have to go in. It was a great feeling when it went in.

I think our body language was just right today. We had to put them under pressure, and when you play like we did, you usually deserve to win games. Credit should go to the whole team.

Hakan is a really important player for us. It's great to have him at the club, especially a guy of his age. I knew that I'd still have some saves to make at the end, and in future we need to make sure we kill games off earlier. After the Hertha [Berlin] match we all sat down and said that the only thing that mattered was the club and staying up. Now you get the feeling that everyone is playing their part.

1. FC Nürnberg

In the second half we didn't do enough. We played some good stuff in the first half, but after the break they put us under a lot of pressure. We made too many mistakes, but we can't dwell on the result. We just need to keep on working. We all know it’ll go right down to the wire.

We can't really complain. We would have taken a point or even three, but I think we didn't play as well as we could have in the first half. We didn't defend that well and weren't as aggressive as them. We still had some chances, though, and away from home you have to take them. We're still right in the middle of this relegation fight, and we knew that before this game.