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Stevens' upset contrasts to Girard's pride

Published: Thursday 4 October 2012, 0.10CET
An "upset" Huub Stevens bemoaned FC Schalke 04's late slip against Montpellier Hérault SC, with René Girard "proud of his players" for their backs-against-the-wall display.
Published: Thursday 4 October 2012, 0.10CET

Stevens' upset contrasts to Girard's pride

An "upset" Huub Stevens bemoaned FC Schalke 04's late slip against Montpellier Hérault SC, with René Girard "proud of his players" for their backs-against-the-wall display.

Huub Stevens, Schalke coach
Of course we are upset. They have two shots on goal and both of them go in. We needed to clinch this game earlier. Even against ten men we should know that at Champions League level you need to make the most of your chances. We had opportunities when we were three on two.

But then in the last minute we conceded from a counterattack, despite having a lot of opportunities before that. We just need to be more efficient. You could say that we dropped two points today, but then we also have four points under our belt already and we just need to keep going strong – it's as simple as that.

René Girard, Montpellier coach
We keep learning and there is a good return leg to look forward. This game will help us a lot. We could see today that we played until the very end.

To do what we did with ten men on the pitch for 35 minutes is not easy, especially away. It's an achievement and I'm proud of my players; we deserved this point. The Champions League goes on for us. Only Souley could do that [late equaliser].

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