Jan 18, 2013 at 7.30pm UK at ​Veltins-Arena
SchalkeSchalke 04
5-4
Hannover
Holtby (88'), Höger (64'), Farfan (44'), Marica (67'), Draxler (49')
Holtby (32'), Marica (35'), Uchida (86'), Höwedes (90')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Pinto (55'), Biram Diouf (90'), Huszti (59', 68')
Pinto (24'), Djourou (37'), Sobiech (52'), Rausch (83')

Lewis Holtby revels in "crazy" match

Schalke teammates Lewis Holtby and Julian Draxler congratulates goalscorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on November 24, 2012
© PA Photos
Lewis Holtby says that Schalke need to improve defensively following Friday night's 5-4 win over Hannover.

Schalke 04 star Lewis Holtby has described Friday night's nine-goal thriller with Hannover as "a totally crazy match".

Die Knappen secured their first win in six games to go fifth in the Bundesliga, but the 22-year-old - who scored one and set up two - admitted that his team were poor defensively.

"The most important thing for me was for the team to pick up a win," Holtby told Bundesliga.com. "The fact that I had a good game personally was the icing on the cake.

"It was a totally crazy match. Overall it was a lot of fun, but the goals we conceded were poor and that's down to the team as a whole. We were compact at the back in the first half, but later on things got a bit more haphazard in defence.

"Fortunately we were always dangerous up front, though. After our slump [before the winter break] it was important to win a game like that - it was good for our confidence."

Schalke travel to face Augsburg next Saturday.

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