Hecking labels Nurnberg 'naive'
Nurnberg coach Dieter Hecking slammed his side following their 4-0 defeat to Schalke yesterday, saying the way they performed in the final third was "not good enough for the Bundesliga". The defeat was the Bavarians' third in a row while they have not won since 11 September, and Hecking knows things have to change if they want to end that run.
"It was just too naive of us," he said. "Where does it get you when you play good, pretty football up to the 18-yard box and then what happens there is not good enough for the Bundesliga. Once again, that was the case today. Our opponents showed us how it is done.
"If you want to turn things around, then you need to be clinical and too many of my players are lacking this at the moment. It may look pretty, but at the end of the day, it is too little."
Nurnberg defender Philipp Wohlscheid admitted that he and his team-mates "look stupid" for the way they are playing at present. "If you see the way we gifted them the goals today - not even they realised how they had gone in front," he told Sky television. "Once again, we look stupid. It is really bitter the way things are going."
The defeat leaves Nurnberg just one point above the bottom three, although two of the sides below them still have a game in hand.