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Feb 20, 2013

Jones 'satisfied' with Gala draw

Midfielder Jermaine Jones says Schalke are "absolutely satisfied" with their 1-1 draw away to Galatasaray in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.

• Blog: Schalke in the driving seat
• Blog: Tie not over for Gala

Jones scored the equaliser for the visitors on the stroke of half-time, cancelling out a 12th-minute strike from Burak Yilmaz. The United States international felt the result was indicative of Schalke's performance.

"We're absolutely satisfied," he said. "We made a few mistakes, for example the goal we conceded was an invitation, but overall, we played a very good game and rightfully grabbed a point.

"I think we've earned us a good amount of respect in the first half. They knew they were not able to open up the game, because it would have enabled us to finish our counters."

Meanwhile, Julian Draxler revealed that the Bundesliga side prepared for the match at the Turk Telecom Arena by generating atmospheric sounds on a computer in training.

"We simulated the atmosphere of this stadium with a laptop, which prepared us very well," Draxler told ZDF. "But of course, we are professionals and have go through things like that.

"Matches are a lot of fun if 60,000 fans hiss against you, but I think we focused on the important part, delivered a good performance and built ourselves a solid foundation for the second leg."

Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim has praised his side's efforts in attack, but was left to rue a number of missed chances and errors, admitting Schalke's away goal was demoralising.

"We created two great oppurtunities to make it 2-0, then the equaliser damaged our morale just before half time," he said. "We went in front with a great goal, but after that made too many sloppy mistakes. We were not at our best and we know there will be no excuses in Germany."

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