First Team

“Not up to scratch”

Hannover 96 keeper Ron-Robert Zieler was a disappointed figure after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt: “It’s demoralising.” Here’s what the protagonists had to say after the final whistle.

Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler: “We aren’t reaching our potential and that’s demoralising. Last week we said that it’ll take a miracle to survive – we’ll need an even bigger one now.”

SGE sporting director Bruno Hübner: “I’m happy that we won – results elsewhere meant that we were under a lot of pressure ahead of the game. We covered a lot of ground today and played with passion. We wasted too many chances and normally you’d be punished for that. I’d like to congratulate the team – they showed a lot of desire today.”

SGE forward Stefan Aigner: “We ran quite a lot today, worked hard defensively and fought hard for the ball in midfield. We missed too many chances after the break but held on. It was an important victory, as our rivals all picked up points today.”

Goalscorer Änis Ben-Hatira: “That was a reward for our efforts since the new boss came in I’m happy with the goal, but obviously I could’ve also scored more. I can’t remember when I last scored! It’s a great result for the team – it gives us a lift. We have to continue working with the same level of concentration. We have a very difficult game in two weeks in Munich, which we all look forward too.”