Verhaegh: 'We were patient and deserved to win'

Stuttgart - It only took one goal to settle a closely-fought Swabian derby. However, while FC Augsburg's players felt they were good value for their 1-0 victory, their VfB Stuttgart counterparts didn't find it hard to pinpoint where the game turned.

FC Augsburg

bundesliga.com rounds up the post-match soundbites from the Mercedes-Benz Arena...Paul Verhaegh: We've definitely put in better performances over the last few weeks. Today we weren't so good but managed to pick up all three points. It was tough against ten defensive Stuttgart players but we were patient and deserved to win since we had the better chances. Having 18 points from 12 games is very good for us as there is now a bit of breathing room. However, with a home game against Hamburger SV up next, we know there's plenty of hard work ahead.

Tobias Werner: After the sending-off, it was only a matter of time before we made the most of our chances, even if it came from a penalty. A 1-0 scoreline is always dangerous up until the last minute, though.

Daniel Baier: That was a really important win because if we'd lost, then the table would have been really tight. Our fans can now enjoy the moment and celebrate, but we know there's a long way to go until Matchday 34.

Halil Altintop: I think we were deserved victors as we were the better team throughout. Obviously, the penalty opened the scoring, but we'd already had plenty of chances before that.

Markus Feulner: The penalty was good for us and helped us to stay calm. We wanted to get a second goal but unfortunately didn’t get it. We're going to enjoy this for a bit and then we know we need to keep collecting points to stay up.

VfB Stuttgart

Sven Ulreich: The current state of the table is pretty tough to take, but I firmly believe that we'll start picking up points again in the next few weeks.

Antonio Rüdiger: The sending-off played into Augsburg's hands, undoubtedly. Ultimately, our decent performance counts for nothing, since we lost the game.

Timo Baumgartl: I had goosebumps when I was warming up and it's an absolute dream come true to make my first start. Having said that, the overriding feeling is one of defeat. I tried to put my nerves to one side and do the right things out there. Our situation obviously isn't satisfactory, but the important thing now is to put all our effort into the game against SC Freiburg on Friday.

Daniel Ginczek: It was suggested in training that I might be in the line-up. I felt good out there right from the word 'go', but unfortunately then came the tactical decision which brought my debut to a premature end. I hope I can help the team more in future. Up until the sending-off, we played pretty well and I actually thought that carried on even with ten men.

Christian Gentner: Our situation is critical and we have to make sure we don't lose touch. You can't fault the team's attitude and desire.