The significance of VfL’s 3-0 home win over Ingolstadt was absolutely clear to everyone in Green-White. "Three points against a direct opponent are extremely important, particularly as all the other clubs behind us won today," admitted Robin Knoche.
"Huge thanks to our fans"
It was a determined and successful performance from the players on the pitch, but there is no doubting the VfL fans also had a major role to play in the victory. Even before the game against Ingolstadt, the players were raucously welcomed as the team bus rolled into the stadium. The active fan-scene had made an expressed appeal to the fans to get completely behind the team, regardless of the outcome: "It does you good to know you have the fans behind you. It was a great idea to prepare such a reception for us. We have now pulled even close together with our supporters," said Robin Knoche. And Mario Gomez added: "Our fans were incredible. It’s always implied that we don’t have any. Maybe we have less fans than some others, but that’s due to the fact that Wolfsburg is not so big. The supporters we do have are brilliant. They got behind us and gave us a push through the week, they were extremely positive and they relieved the pressure on us by promising to give us their unyielding support. They showed some real sensibility and didn’t allow themselves to be influenced by the external negativity, but instead made it clear that they believe in us. That considered, I have to express a huge thanks to our fans."
"So much at stake"
The win against Ingolstadt was a very important signal. The victory saw the Wolves bounce back from a run of three games without a win at exactly the right time in the race to secure top-flight survival. The Green-Whites extended their advantage over the direct relegation places to five points, although with Augsburg and Mainz both winning, the Wolves are most definitely not yet out of the woods. "There is so much at stake. It’s of no significance what the others do. If we win our games and play well, then we will have nothing to do with the relegation battle. But right now, things are very close," explained Mario Gomez. The next challenge this coming Saturday is an away trip to Hertha BSC, before Bayern then arrive in Wolfsburg. The Wolves have the opportunity to enjoy their success from Saturday. Following a light regenerative run-out on Sunday, the players will enjoy Monday off to recharge the batteries ahead of the Bundesliga run-in. As from Tuesday, the Wolves focus will then be set entirely on Hertha BSC.
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