Nouri delights at lucky win

Werder Bremen boss Alexander Nouri admits his side rode their luck in defeating VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 in their Bundesliga clash on Friday night.

Serge Gnabry scored both goals for Die Werderaner, after 10 and 18 minutes, before a 19th-minute response from Borja Mayoral.

After the match, Nouri explained that his side were well below their best en route to claiming all three points, that lifted them level on points with Die Wolfe, on 22, but one place behind in 15th.

Nouri told the club’s official website: “We were faced by very, very strong opposition here tonight.

“It was a bit of a scruffy win, but it puts us in a better position for now. The manner in which we battled for one another should be encouraging and give us a boost.

“Tonight we had that necessary bit of luck on our side that had eluded us in recent games. I am delighted for the team to have been rewarded for fight they put up.”

Wolfsburg coach Valerien Ismael added, meanwhile, that his side at least deserved something out of the game after playing so well.

He said: “Tonight’s defeat is one which really hurts.

“The team’s tactical approach was absolutely exceptional and they implemented our intentions from the very first minute. We created chances on goal like never before this season.

“We twice hit the post and were denied a clear penalty. We basically had every opportunity to win this game tonight. We naturally could have defended better for both goals that we conceded, but we still could and should have won 3-2, 4-2 or even 5-2! It’s frustrating and really hurts to be going away with nothing to show for our efforts – I feel really sorry for the lads.

“I didn’t see any insecurities tonight – hardly even a misplaced pass. They did everything right, with the exception of putting the ball in the net.”