“We knew that we had to come up with a response and we did just that.”
Reaction to Mainz’s draw against Gladbach
It was a game of two halves in Mainz’s match against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday evening. The Zerofivers were toothless in the first half, offered little going forward and subsequently trailed 1-0 at half time. Svensson’s side, however, came out firing on all cylinders in the second half and found the equaliser through Onisiwo. The away team continued to press for the winner, but in the end, had to settle for a point. In their post-match interviews, Martin Schmidt and Robin Zentner expressed their desire to build on the second half performance on Wednesday, when Mainz travel to Augsburg.
Reaction from Mönchengladbach
Director of sport, Martin Schmidt: “If you look at how we played in the first half, then look at how we responded in the second, then it is probably fair to say that a draw was a fair result, although we had the better chances to win the game. In the 70th and 75th minutes we would have taken a point but in the end you feel we could’ve won all three. It was a bit louder than usual at half time and Bo made two or three tactical changes and changed how we would approach the game and how we would build up play. He had to of course get through to the players because we didn’t have the right mentality in the first half. His changes came into effect in the second half and the game completely changed. We saw how ready the substitutes were to come on. If we play like we did in the second half against Augsburg, then we can hopefully win on the road for the first time in a long time.”
Anton Stach: “We brought our game in the second half and we were a lot more compact in the middle. We were probably too open in the first half and we allowed Gladbach to show their quality and they were able to cut us open. In the second half we had much more of a grip on the game and we showed a lot more intensity. This is how we should’ve been in the entire match. We were out of character in the first half because we always play full-throttle football but we didn’t bring our usual intensity. We knew that we had to come up with a response and we did just that.”
We will have to take that with us on Wednesday when we face another tough test away from home.
Robin Zentner: “The result is actually quite difficult to assess right now because of our how convincing we were in the second half. We were a lot better in the second half and we created some good goal scoring opportunities. In the end, a 1-1 draw is okay because we didn’t play at all well in the first 45 minutes. We weren’t brave enough, we didn’t get the ball down and play with it, we didn’t win enough duels, we didn’t create enough chances, we gave our opponents too much space and we allowed Gladbach to show their quality. We regrouped at half time and we plucked up a lot of courage. We decided to play out from the back and build up play. In the second half, we were a completely different team and we will have to take that with us on Wednesday when we face another tough test away from home.”