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

Holtby revels in
© 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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