Berlin - Hertha Berlin piled more misery on Borussia Dortmund with a 1-0 win at the Olympiastadion that lifted the capital club away from the bottom three and left their opponents still in serious danger.
bundesliga.com rounded up what the protagonists had to say after BVB's ninth league defeat of the 2014/15 campaign...
Lukasz Piszczek(speaking to RuhrNachrichten.de): Hertha defended really deep and just waited for us to make mistakes. Once that happened, they tried to hit us on the counter-attack, which is exactly how they made it 1-0. We had our chances and didn't use them, but it's true that we didn't play very well. Against Hoffenheim [on Matchday 14], we began brightly and played with aggression. For their goal, we shouldn't have passed it back like that and given them the chance to beat Mitch [Langerak]. They were just waiting for us to do that. I'd be really pleased from here on in if we could pick up two wins. We have to get some points on the board and use the winter break to prepare for the Rückrunde.
Marcel Schmelzer: It's slowly getting to the point where we've simply got to start picking up points away from home. Again, after taking the first step like we did against Gladbach or Hoffenheim, we go and ruin it all in our next game. It's a shame for us and our fans. We can't just play well for 90 minutes; we need to produce the goods in the next game and the game after that. We've got to start winning again.
Mitch Langerak: It was a tough day today, obviously because we lost. We had some chances and unfortunately we didn't take them. But we have two games to come before the winter break and hopefully we can collect six points and put ourselves in a good position again.
Sven Bender: It's pretty lousy [to have lost]. We keep planning to put things into practice and never manage it in a match. We're hurting and disappointed.
Julian Schieber: It was certainly very emotional the way the game went, with my goal proving decisive. I'm incredibly pleased that my team won today. We were very strong at the back and scored one goal, but it does also hurt a little when I see my former team-mates suffering. That's tough for me.
Per Skjelbred: We had a plan which we put into action perfectly. That was our best game of the season. We're not the best footballers in the world but we are a team and we can fight together, and we can also play some good football. Dortmund had some chances but we might have scored a couple more. We played like a family today.
Änis Ben-Hatira: Seeing the way we fought, showing from the first minute that we wanted to win, I can only pay the rest of the team a great compliment. We played like one big family on the field and long may it continue.
Jens Hegeler: It was an incredibly important win today. We put so much into the game and gave that extra five per cent I think we needed to win the match.
Peter Niemeyer: I think our matchplan worked. We wanted to get at them quickly when we got possession and we had many promising chances.