NEWS: 26.01.2019

“It was a tough game” - Augsburg reaction

“It was a tough game” - Augsburg reaction
Jonas Hofmann: “I’m really happy for Oscar”

We gathered the thoughts from the players and coaches after Borussia’s 2-0 win over Augsburg on Saturday.

Jonas Hofmann:It was a tough game. We kept running into a brick wall. Augsburg defended with eleven men inside their final third for most of the game. It was important to stay calm and wait for our moment to come. The opener was perhaps a little bit lucky, but you still have to create the chance in the first place. I’m really happy for Oscar to have scored in his record-breaking game. He is a great guy and is very important for the team. I’m not sure why I missed the penalty – unfortunately, these things happen. The key is that we still managed to come away with the three points and have equalled club record of twelve consecutive home wins.

Oscar Wendt:We were the better team across the 90 minutes. We had a number of really good chances in the first half in particular, but unfortunately we weren’t able to find the back of the net. My goal was a very emotional moment. It’s great to have got another three points at home – it fills us with confidence. The long run of wins here is proof that we’re on the right track. We are 100 percent behind our playing style and footballing philosophy. We’re happy with the win today but the focus now turns to the next match away at Schalke.

Dieter Hecking:We deserved the win today. We created five or six very good chances in the first half against a team that sat deep, but we shot ourselves in the foot a little by failing to convert one of them. We were more hectic in the second half because at first we weren’t playing with the patience you need against an opponent like that. We also needed to remember that it’s easy to be caught on the counter in these kinds of games. We upped the tempo a little and that gave us a bit more movement. Augsburg had to do more running and then the gaps started to open up. I’m delighted that we ended up getting the win. It’s never a given that the team remains patient, so I’m very happy with the boys today. The results have been good, but our performances need to improve still if we want to carry on picking up points.

Augsburg coach Manuel Baum:Our game plan was to make things tight at the back and then try and pounce when an opportunity to counter arose. We were lucky that Borussia didn’t score in the first half. We defended very well after the break though. I’m flabbergasted that the referee allowed the opening goal to stand. Danso was the last man for us and Stindl is clearly impeding him from an offside position. That was a real kick in the teeth.