Daniel Farke was pleased to see his team fight until the very end as they picked up a valuable victory and clean sheet at Bramall Lane, beating Sheffield United 1-0.
Yanic Wildschut’s first-half strike was the difference between the two sides and Farke was particularly delighted to see his team defend as a unit and show the spirit to grind out the three points.
“It was a really exhausting game and really complicated, especially in a second half with lots of emotion and tactical reactions,” he said in his post-match interview.
“It was a close game but I think it was a really important win and we are very happy tonight.
“It was a really good first half in general and it was a game of high quality. You could feel the confidence and they [Sheffield United] are in such good shape but we were good too.
“We had the better chances in the first half and I think we deserved to be in the lead at half-time. We could then concentrate a little bit more on the counter.”
Despite the victory Farke felt his team could have closed the game out much earlier. Nonetheless, he was delighted with their overall attitude.
“I would have wished we were little bit better in possession and in the counter actions so we could have decided the game a little bit earlier.
“If you don’t score the second goal you have to defend everything and that’s what we did and I can’t remember a clear chance for Sheffield [United].
“Our general attitude to fight together and stand together was great today and it’s always the basement for a win. I’m really happy for the lads.”