There was delight for Eintracht Frankfurt at the Commerzbank Arena on Matchday 18 after Alexander Meier netted a dramatic late winner, although for the beaten opponents VfL Wolfsburg there was nothing but disappointment.
Alexander Meier (Frankfurt forward): "Obviously it’s a great feeling [to score a hat-trick]. You never know what level you’re at after the winter break, but we were a lot better in the second half. The coach [Armin Veh] told us at half time to keep our heads and not to panic. We’ve always had a good team spirit at this club and we showed that again today. You can tell he [Marco Fabian] can play football and he’s also working very hard on his German, which says a lot about his character. Every single point is important for us and from this win we will gain confidence."
Stefan Aigner (Frankfurt forward): "He’s [Meier] so good in front of goal. When Alex is on the pitch we always try and put the ball in dangerous positions. Wolfsburg made life difficult for us in the first half and closed us down very quickly, but we improved in the second half."
Lukas Hradecky (Frankfurt goalkeeper): "We talked about how we played [in the first half] in the dressing room and in the second half we were a different team. If you play well for 45 minutes it's not usually enough - today luckily it was but there are some things we need to do better and focus on this week. It was a very important win for us."
Armin Veh (Frankfurt coach): "We didn't play very well in the first half and could have been further behind at the break. We were much better in the second period. Even if the victory was slightly fortunate, we performed as a real team and we really supported each other. Marco Fabian is a really good player who has already helped us a lot."
Andre Schürrle (Wolfsburg forward): "I’m happy I scored but it’s a terrible feeling to have lost. We should never have lost this game. We’ve had a good winter break, but at the end of the day we’re in exactly the same position now as we were at the end of the first half of the season. We need to keep working hard and hopefully things will improve."
Dieter Hecking (Wolfsburg coach): "We should never have lost this game. We were so completely on top in the first half that we should have been 3-0 or 4-0 up. It was a very, very frustrating and unnecessary defeat."