"Although there was nothing more to play for, we didn't want to ease off," said Schmidt before continuing: "My team was full of enthusiasm for the game and they scored some great goals."
Boosted by that victory, the Werkself will be looking to make up ground in the Bundesliga away to Schalke on Sunday (17.30 CET). "For me, it's one of the most attractive away games," said Schmidt before recalling two good matches in Gelsenkirchen in the past two seasons. In April of this year, his team won 3-2 and in 2015 Karim Bellarabi scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win at Schalke.
Hunting for points
"It'll be another good game of football on Saturday," promised Schmidt before adding: "We want to get a result." Results have been a big disappointment in recent weeks. "We're on track, we’ve played lots of good games after the match at Lotte – however with differing results," said Schmidt. That should all change now.
"We have to concentrate on the next game and if we go on a run then the table will look different," said Schmidt. At the moment, his team is ninth in the Bundesliga on 17 points – level with eighth-placed Schalke.
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