Despite their position in the table, Arminia Bielefeld continue to fight hard. After Saturday's 1-1 draw at home against 1. FC Köln, the DSC have only suffered one defeat in their last four games.
Steffen Baumgart confirmed the East Westphalians as worthy opponents in his post-match comments.
Arminia's Manuel Prietl and Bryan Lasme also shared their positive feelings about the result and team with the Sky microphones.
Geißböcke gaffer Steffen Baumgart imparted some high praise for his opponents after Arminia Bielefeld fought back to draw Köln on Saturday, The lads from the northern Teutoburg fringes might have even taken all three points had they located a bit more offensive impetus in the dominant second half.
"They not only fought well, but played very good football," Baumgart said afterwards, "Today--it must be said--we just didn't find the solutions. It wasn't a good match from us and we didn't deserve more than a point today."
"We put in a convincing performance and were very good in the duels," Bielefeld midfielder Manuel Prietl told the Sky microphones afterwards, "The team has mega morale. It was once again the problem with the goals."
In terms of goals scored, Bielefeld actually have netted fewer tallies then any other team in the Bundesliga this season. Even the historically bad last-placed Greuther Fürth have scored two more than Arminia's 10.
There may be some emerging hope on that front in the form of feted summer signing Bryan Lasme finally opening up his Bundesliga account. The 23-year-old French winger immediately ran over to assistant coach Sebastian Hille on Saturday after scoring his maiden Bundesliga goal off the bench.
"I've been working on my finishing individually with Sebastian Hille again and again lately," Lasme said after the match, "And today on the way to the stadium he told me that today would be the day that I score my first goal. So it was. That's why I celebrated with him."
For Prietl, the result felt like something that the team could build on.
"The upward trend that began in Stuttgart [Round 11 victory] continues," Prietl told his interviewer, "We want to get to 15th place. With an attitude like the one we showed today, we will get some more points. The next games are against Hertha and Bochum and that's where we have to start."
|1||Stefan Ortega Moreno|
|19||Manuel Prietl (C)|
|16||Fabian Kunze ↪57|
|20||Patrick Wimmer ↪72|
|9||Fabian Klos ↪84|
|10||Bryan Lasme ↩57 ⚽|
|18||Florian Krüger ↩84|
|21||Robin Hack ↩72|
|15||Nathan De Medina|
|17||Kingsley Schindler ↪70|
|5||Rafael Czichos (C)|
|6||Salih Özcan ⚽|
|18||Ondrej Duda ↪65|
|11||Florian Kainz ↪84|
|27||Anthony Modeste ↪65|
|9||Sebastian Andersson ↩65|
|19||Kingsley Ehizibue ↩70|
|21||Louis Schaub ↩84|
|29||Jan Thielmann ↩65|