Wagner pleased as Schalke win late
David Wagner was relieved to be celebrating all three points as his Schalke side left it late before beating Union Berlin 2-1 in the Bundesliga on Friday.
It looked like being a frustrating evening at the Veltins-Arena for Schalke after the two teams went in level at the break, with Union forward Marcus Ingvartsen cancelling out Benito Raman’s opener.
The teams looked set to share the spoils heading into the closing exchanges but Suat Serdar struck inside the final four minutes to seal the points for Schalke and, temporarily at least, move them up to second in the Bundesliga standings, level on points with leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.
Wagner did not believe it was a vintage performance from his side, who are now unbeaten in five league matches, but felt the quality of their second-half display meant they merited the three points.
“It was a difficult game, just as we’d expected. Union were the better team in the first period and had the better chances,” Wagner told the Bundesliga website.
“We improved in the second half because we changed our tactics slightly. We definitely could have taken the lead earlier than we did. Winning it so late on makes it even more enjoyable.”
The former Huddersfield boss is not getting too carried away, however, despite Schalke’s lofty position in the standings as he knows there is still a lot of football to be played over the coming months.
“The table is irrelevant for me at the moment,” the 48-year-old added. “It only matters after 34 games, not 13.”