Skripnik: We didn’t deserve to win

Viktor Skripnik gave credit to third division German side Sportfreunde Lotte for their performance in the shock 2-1 DFB Pokal defeat of SV Werder Bremen on Sunday afternoon.

The Bundesliga side saw their participation in the cup competition come to a swift end after goals from Matthias Rahn and Andre Dej had cancelled out Zlatko Junuzovic’s first-half equaliser.

Lotte will discover their Round 2 opponents when the draw is made by Oliver Bierhoff on 26 August.

And following on from the unexpected defeat, Skripnik has admitted that his side did not deserve to win the tie.

He told the club’s official website: “Lotte deserved to win. We imagined things would go very differently and are absolutely gutted.

“We didn’t expect it to be a walk in the park here, but we lacked the right attitude at the decisive moments.

“The fact that we went behind from the first set-piece made it very difficult. We managed to surprise everyone by making it to the semi-finals last season and this year we’re surprised to be out in the first round. That’s football.”

Captain Clemens Fritz added: “We all have to take a look at ourselves, no one is exempt. There are many valid criticisms of the team. We didn’t implement our game well, were too chaotic going forwards and not purposeful enough in tackles. We also didn’t find many ways through and just hit the ball forward.”

And Junuzovic expressed his disappointment at the early elimination when he said: “It’s extremely disappointing that we’re out because it was so avoidable.

“We made too many simple mistakes and paid for it. We helped them as a result and they were able to play well.

“The audience suddenly came to life. We knew exactly what was expected of us – exactly what we spoke about. However, something happened to us from the very start. It was a huge wake-up call.”

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