Schwarz: “Huge compliments to the fans!”
Post match reaction from the Cologne game
Sandro Schwarz: "Before I start on the game, huge compliments to the fans. There was an incredible energy in there today, and I thought the entire club was exemplary from start to finish. It took us the first 15 minutes to get a hold on the game, but we responded very well to the opening setbacks and had a lot of chances. We deserved our equaliser based on those chances and we could have led at halftime. Cologne were better in the second half, but we had the momentum on our side today and were passionate in defence, Robin Zentner kept us in the game and the counter attack which lead to the Levin goal was the deciding factor. They defended well but I’m pleased with how we dealt with that and I’m glad we got the three points today."
Achim Beierlorzer: "We are so disappointed, it was an unnecessary defeat, it feels stupid, especially because of the penalty decision - for me it was a clear penalty. Aside from that, we started off really well and scored a great goal. After that we gave up the game and we have to be better than we were because we were too passive. Mainz had a chance straight after our goal and deservedly equalised, so we had to change a lot at halftime. Then we had a chance, but Zentner did a great job, we shouldn’t have lost here and now we have to start again in Düsseldorf."