Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Wolfsburg attack apprentice Kamani Hill believes that the relegation battlers have been given a lift by this weekend's 2-2 rally draw with Bundesliga leaders Schalke 04.
The American entered the fray late with his club down a goal, and won the last gasp free kick from which Diego Klimowicz put them level.
"(The result was) so important," Hill told YA. "Not only did it lift our teams esteem and make us believe that we can play with the best, but it kept our head a little above water as all the teams in the bottom of the table won against big opponents this weekend."
Despite standing in 10th place, the Volkswagen crew are only three points clear of the drop zone; the UCLA product was just happy to make a contribution in his limited playing time.
"Its always difficult when one only plays 10 minutes," conceded Hill. "I just tried to do as much as I could for the team on the right side."
After the match, he received some second hand encouragement from coach Klaus Augenthaler.
"He was happy in general because we managed a crucial point," recalled Hill. "But to me specifically, he said he could tell I was nervous, as to be expected, and that with more experience it will come together for me."
"In German, of course," he cracked. "I had to get it translated."
Wolfsburg get back to work with a weekend trip to face struggling holders Bayern Munich.
[note]YA's Jason Endres also contributed to this report[/note]