Ruud delighted with scoring start

Ruud van Nistelrooy knew he had to take matters into his own hands

as his first two goals for Hamburg on Saturday secured a win at

Stuttgart.

The Dutchman entered the field of play in the 65th minute

and, little over 10 minutes later, he found the back of the net

twice to settle the encounter 3-1 in the visitors’ favour and

confirm why the northern Germany club have made him one of the top

earners in the Bundesliga.

“For Ruud to score twice straight after coming on is

extraordinary,” said Hamburg coach Bruno Labbadia.

“But we know how strong he is in the penalty area. And he has

proven that impressively.”

Stuttgart coach Christian Gross acknowledged that van

Nistelrooy had been “decisive” in his first defeat since taking

over as coach last December.

And van Nistelrooy was delighted with the start he has made

to life with Hamburg.

“These two goals are fantastic for me but above all they are

important for the team,” he said.

“It was 1-1 and we really wanted to win this game. Therefore,

I kept looking at the clock and when I was brought on, I knew that

I had to do something about it.

“This victory will give us further motivation for the coming

weeks.”

The result allowed Hamburg to move within three points of

third-placed Schalke and strengthens their challenge for a place in

Europe next season.