Post-match reactions after Bielefeld
FC Augsburg kept their six-point lead over promoted side Arminia Bielefeld intact with the goalless draw on Saturday afternoon. “Our problem was that we kept losing the ball too easily,” said coach Heiko Herrlich after the game.
Reece Oxford: “Bielefeld were better than us in the first half. We spoke about a few things at the break and then had more chances in the second half. Arminia defended well and it’s a shame we didn’t win it at the end after Ruben’s chance just didn’t want to go in. We’ll go into Tuesday’s game looking to take all three points.”
Ruben Vargas: “We didn’t have much control of the game in the first half, but were the better team after the break in my opinion. We contributed more to the game and played for the win. I had the chance to win it but unfortunately couldn’t score. We’re a little bit disappointed that we couldn’t take all three points – we want to put that right on Tuesday.”
Felix Uduokhai: “It definitely wasn’t an attractive game today. You could see that both teams were a little cautious and didn’t want to take too many risks. We’re missing a bit of fluency and coolness at the moment. The best thing about the game is that we kept a clean sheet. 33 points won’t be enough to secure safety, so we will need to give our all in the coming games to pick up more. We don’t want to play with any fear in Frankfurt.”
André Hahn: “There wasn’t much quality on show. Bielefeld played a lot of long balls, which we didn’t find easy to defend. After we started the game badly, we improved after the break, but it still wasn’t great. Overall, it wasn’t enough and neither side deserved to win the game.”
Heiko Herrlich: “Bielefeld hit a lot of long balls. You then have to be careful that you don’t get dragged apart. We were lucky that Voglsammer didn’t take his chance. Our problem was that we kept losing the ball too easily and only got into the game after 30 minutes. We had more control in the second half. Vargas’ clear-cut chance didn’t go in – in the end 0-0 was a fair scoreline. We haven’t managed to score in our last two games against teams down the bottom, so we need to improve on this.”
Frank Kramer: “It was an intense game, with both teams looking to take control of it. Chances were few and far between and it was hard fought. It wasn’t a high-class affair, but we’re pleased to have at least taken a point. It’s one more for our tally and we’ll have to see how important it will be.”