NEWS: 09.03.2019

“We’ll gladly take a scrappy win” - Mainz reaction

“We’ll gladly take a scrappy win” - Mainz reaction
Tobias Strobl: "We know we still need to improve"

We gathered the thoughts from the players and coaches after Borussia’s 1-0 win at Mainz on Saturday evening.

Tobias Strobl:I hope that this win gets us out of our rut now. To end a run of four games without a win feels really good. We had three huge chances right away but we couldn’t beat the keeper. Sometimes you need a set piece to break the deadlock. We certainly had a bit of luck with the goal, but you need that in football. We did our homework for today and we cut out the individual errors. We’ll gladly take a scrappy win, but we also know that we need to improve our football. We definitely have some work to do before the game against Freiburg but we want to get another win.

Tony Jantschke:We returned to what we did well in the first half of the season and early this year; we defended with focus as a team and went after every ball, but we also had the luck on our side that you need to get the win in a hard-fought game like that. Mainz are a very aggressive team, but we didn’t give them much at all apart from a few long-range efforts, and we probably should have dealt with them better too. It was good to get the nod from the coach today and pay back his faith in me. We got a clean sheet and that’s my job first and foremost, so I can go home very happy.

Lars Stindl:We had a very good first 20 minutes, but then we allowed Mainz to take more control of the game. We leant the lesson from the last couple of matches that we don’t need to chase down our opponents, but let them come at us first. However, we still didn’t really create many counterattacking opportunities. The target though was to throw everything into the game and keep the opponents at bay. We did that superbly and really didn’t give them many chances at all. It was a tight game, but I think you can say we deserved to win. It was a scrappy, hard-fought victory, but sometimes they’re the best ones.

Dieter Hecking:Apart from the Bayern game, our performances lately haven’t been all that bad. Nevertheless, we had gone four matches without a win and obviously were lacking confidence as a result. We started well, but then we lost our way a little and let Mainz get too many shots off. They’re attack wasn’t really present in the second half though, so then it was up to us to get the goal, and ultimately we needed a set piece to get it. The game was on a knife edge right until the end and you could sense that we’re still missing a little simplicity still, but hopefully getting the win will increase our confidence. We’ll be put to the test again on Friday against Freiburg.

Mainz 05 coach Sandro Schwarz:We had control of the game in the first half after Gladbach’s early chance. We had good structure in our play and created a few good chances, but we simply weren’t precise enough. Once we went behind, our opponents didn’t give us any room at all. We weren’t incisive enough and made too many mistakes in possession.