Schmidt: Wolfsburg earned a good point

VfL Wolfsburg manager Martin Schmidt was pleased overall to earn a point against SV Werder Bremen in his first game in charge on Tuesday.

Schmidt took over at the Bundesliga outfit after their 1-0 defeat at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday and was satisfied with the effort the players put in to draw 1-1 on the night.

Liverpool loanee Divock Origi put Bremen in front in the 28th minute before an equaliser arrived from Fin Bartels just shy of the hour mark.

Schmidt said, as quoted by the club's official website: "Before the break, you got to see what we wanted to achieve and what the idea of those responsible at VfL was in choosing me. The plan was to release some new energy which could be transferred onto the pitch. That was clear to see during the first period. 

"The lads put in the leg-work, invested a great deal and implemented a great deal of what we had discussed before the game. We wanted to press forward, put the pressure on and drive on goal with pace. 

"In the second-half, we lost the thread in the first twenty minutes and Werder bore the fruits of the alterations they made. There were three or four big chances then, so the point we earned is good and valuable. 

"There was hard work, football and passion in the game tonight – which is exactly what we set out to achieve."