Bundesliga

Stindl: 'We should have held on'

Hanover - Hannover 96's players couldn't hide their disappointment after letting a one-goal lead slip in Friday's 1-1 draw at home to contented Hertha Berlin.

Hannover 96

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rounds up the post-match reaction from the HDI Arena...

Lars Stindl:

"It was a very difficult game. Hertha started very deep and it was hard for us to break them down. We should have held on by any means necessary, but we weren’t able to do so. We have to be more ambitious in front of goal. Our aim should have been to hold on after we took the lead, but we’re disappointed that we couldn’t to that."

Christian Schulz:

"I’m about to become a father. My wife’s six months pregnant, so I dedicated the goal to her. We put ourselves in a good position by taking the lead 15 minutes from time, but we weren’t able to hold the ball up in attack and conceded an unnecessary goal from a set-piece. We can’t afford to dwell on it, though. We have to focus on our next game."

Hertha Berlin

Thomas Kraft:

"I think we can be relatively satisfied with a point. We've put ourselves in a good position in recent weeks and we’re always confident of coming back if we go a goal behind. If we get three points against Köln [on Matchday 29] we’re almost over the line, but we’re not safe just yet."

Nico Schulz:

"[Valentin Stocker’s goal] proves what quality he has. We knew it would be a difficult game today, but I thought we played well. The only real chance they had was a long-range effort [from Lars Stindl] that hit the post. The whole coaching staff are working very hard behind the scenes and deserve a lot of credit for our good run of form."