Rost stunned by derby defeat
Hamburg captain Frank Rost said he was "lost for words" after his side were beaten at home by their city rivals St Pauli 1-0 yesterday. St Pauli won the city derby for the first time in 33 years thanks to a goal from Gerald Asamoah and the result dented Hamburg's hopes of qualifying for Europe next season, leaving them four points adrift of fifth-placed Mainz.
St Pauli's win, on the other hand, lifted them to 11th, five points clear of the bottom three on an historic evening in the HSV Arena which Rost would rather forget. "I would have rather gone down in the history books for a different reason," he told the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper. "We would have loved to have gifted our fans a derby victory."
Rost says his side must now stop making things out to be better than they are off the field if they cannot deliver on it. "It does not help at all when you always spout off about what you want and what you are capable of," he added. "What matters is what happens in the pitch and we now need to gather some points.
"If you don't score goals, then you are mercilessly punished. We now have to work our socks off and lift our heads and move on. Hopefully we can win three points on Saturday (against Werder Bremen)."
St Pauli coach Holger Stanislawski was delighted, by contrast. "This is a really special moment which does not happen every year," he said. "In fact, we have waited 33 years for this."