After opening his VfL Wolfsburg account in Matchday 27's win over VfB Stuttgart, Andre Schürrle thanked fans at the Volkswagen Arena for their patience
After opening his VfL Wolfsburg account in Matchday 27's win over VfB Stuttgart, Andre Schürrle thanked fans at the Volkswagen Arena for their patience

Schürrle: 'Not scoring had been eating away at me'

Wolfsburg - Andre Schürrle's maiden strike for VfL Wolfsburg ensured he and his team-mates were in high spirits after the Wolves' 3-1 win over VfB Stuttgart tightened the club's grip on second spot.

VfL Wolfsburg rounds up the reaction as Dieter Hecking's side made it six straight league wins at the Volkswagen Arena...

Andre Schürrle: "We were expecting a difficult game because Stuttgart have good individual players and they’re a good team. It’s tough against them because they throw everything at you and they really need points. We were a bit shaky at the back, especially defending crosses - that’s how we conceded - but then I think our quality shone through in the second half. We put them under pressure and created chances, so I think we deserved to win. It was about time I scored. I’ve missed a lot of chances here and I’m just happy to have hit the target now. I have to admit that the fact I hadn’t scored for such a long time had been eating away at me a bit, so I’m very happy, but the most important thing is that we won. I’d like to say a big thank you to all the fans here to receiving me so well and supporting me. I’m happy to be here and I’m sure we’ll have a lot more to celebrate in the future."

Ricardo Rodriguez: "We weren’t very good in the first half and struggled a bit, like we have done in the last few games, but we always come good in the end because we have so much quality and that’s how we’re able to win. I’m happy to have scored again, and to get two is fantastic. Now we need to work on making sure we play well in the first half as well."

Diego Benaglio: "We weren’t very good in the first half. We may have managed to go 1-0 up but then we conceded a silly equaliser right before the break. However, we reacted well to that in the second half and deserved to win. We had some trouble defending set-pieces - maybe our marking wasn’t tight enough or maybe we were a bit sloppy and if you do that then things can quickly go downhill."

Christian Träsch: "We knew it’d be tough because they’re fighting for their lives and you could see that in the first half - we were actually lucky not to concede more than we did. In the second period we were much better, though, and deserved to win."

VfB Stuttgart

Christian Gentner: "For me, the second goal we conceded was the turning point. Up until then we'd played well, but after that strike Wolfsburg were good right to the end. It's all about winning our next home game against SV Werder Bremen now in order to close the gap on the teams above us."

Sven Ulreich: "We defended well in the first half and were hard to break down, and we could even have gone into the lead. But the three goals we conceded were from mistakes that crept in, and they were exploited ruthlessly by Wolfsburg."

Daniel Ginczek: "It's a shame because if we'd been more clinical in decisive situations, then there would have been more in it for us. We did well in the first half; we created several opportunities and responded well to the penalty that put us behind. In the second half, though, you could see how much quality Wolfsburg have."