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Koller tells Austria there is 'work ahead'

Marcel Koller warned his Austria side "there is a lot of work ahead" despite seven points from their first three qualifiers, with Montenegro defender Stefan Savić upbeat despite defeat.

Koller tells Austria there is 'work ahead'
Koller tells Austria there is 'work ahead' ©UEFA.com

Austria coach Marcel Koller "nervous until the end"
Julian Baumgartlinger says Austria gave a "great performance"
Montenegro's Stefan Savić upbeat despite recent dropped points
Next games: Austria v Russia, Montenegro v Sweden (15 November)

Marcel Koller, Austria coach
We had a lot of chances to score, but unfortunately we converted only one of them. That's why we were nervous right until the end. If we had conceded a goal, I would have been very angry. However, of course I am very happy about these three points. [Marko] Arnautovic did a great job by creating the goal and in the middle [Rubin] Okotie also did well. Our position looks very good right now and we will be top for at least one month, but it is only temporary and there is a lot of work ahead.

Julian Baumgartlinger, Austria midfielder
I think we gave a great performance. We took control and took risks from the first minute to the last. The fact that we only scored one goal was a joke, as we created so many good chances. The scoreline might be a bit low, but we are happy with it. We knew it would be a tough match from the beginning That is what everybody was prepared for. That is how you dominate a match like tonight – by winning the individual duels.

If you do not take your chances and only lead 1-0, even if you are dominating, it can get close at the end. But it wasn't an issue; we defended very well. This is nice at the moment, but we have a lot of matches to play, and difficult away games too. But it is a great start, and we hope we can continue our streak in the next matches.

Austria forward Marko Arnautovic
Austria forward Marko Arnautovic©AFP/Getty Images

Marko Arnautovic, Austria forward
This was very important and we played very well. We try to give our best whenever we play for the national team. We want to qualify, and we have an objective we want to achieve. We should have taken the chances we created, and then the match would have looked different and we could have relaxed a bit. In the end, it was only 1-0 and that is what counts. We are focusing on ourselves and we want to decide everything by ourselves. We do not care what the others do.

Stefan Savić, Montenegro defender
They scored early so we tried to get into the game, but we couldn't score despite creating a few chances. I'm sorry that we didn't get any points out of this, but we must look forward and try to win out next game. We knew they were going to attack us in the first half an hour, so we tried to defend but could not keep them out. However, I think we have the quality and the strength to get back on track. Maybe we wanted seven points from these first three games, so we must try to win back some points where we weren't expecting to.

Branko Brnović, Montenegro coach
We didn't really get into the match. When I brought on [Stevan] Jovetić, it got a little bit better, but again we couldn't convert our chances. Today we were missing an organiser in midfield; Austria had [David] Alaba and [Zlatko] Junuzovic, who did a great job in midfield.