Schalke 04 - Bremen

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Bremen L. Bittencourt (32)

Wagner bemoans Schalke's lack of ruthlessness in front of goal after Werder defeat

By Rune Gjerulff

Schalke 04 coach David Wagner was frustrated by his team's lack of efficiency in front of goal after 'The Royal Blues' slipped to their fourth straight league defeat.

David Wagner.
David Wagner.

Schalke 04 coach David Wagner bemoaned a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal after his team slipped to a 0-1 defeat at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Wagner felt Schalke stepped up their game after the break, but it wasn't enough for the Gelsenkirchen side, who are now winless in 11 league games.

"This defeat hurts, no question. We didn't play well in the first half. We chose to play defensively in the first half as we've conceded too many goals recently. We wanted to restore some stability," Wagner said at the post-match press conference, as cited by the club.

"I don't want to say that the second-half performance was good, but it was better than the first half. We didn't necessarily play our way through, but we worked hard for our chances. Unfortunately, we weren't as clinical in front of goal that we should be in our situation," he added.

Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt was delighted to see his team take an important win in their bid to avoid relegation.

It's a really important away win for us. We played really well in the first half and took a deserved lead. The second half was more difficult because Schalke were the better side," he said.

Schalke are 10th in the table ahead of Sunday's games. Werder Bremen sit 17th, three points below the drop zone with a game in hand.

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