"We took a step forward"

2023-01-23 01:15 PM by Borussia Dortmund–  4m read

Two substitutes turned the match in Borussia Dortmund's favour. Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, 18, and Giovanni Reyna, 20, played a major part in the 4-3 victory against FC Augsburg thanks to their goals. A threat was posed from dead balls too. The way in which goals are conceded continues to be a big talking point.

The – by now almost traditional – winning start to a new calendar year has not been reflected in the table, where BVB remain sixth. But the gap to the teams above has reduced considerably. Places two to four are only two points away. There are now two away matches coming up: in Mainz on Wednesday (18:30 CET) and in Leverkusen on Sunday (17:30 CET).

"We want to carry forward the positives in order to boost our self-confidence; we will continue to discuss the negatives in order to stop them," said head coach Edin Terzic, who went on to address the three conceded goals: "We'll look at that in a nuanced way. If you look at the final seconds before the goals we conceded, these are defensive issues. But we had the ball prior to each goal conceded – and lost it. These are then attacking issues: Why did we lose the ball?"

His team had an answer to every goal they conceded, even if they initially did not succeed in carrying the momentum from a strong first half in which they registered 16 shots – the second-highest number by a club in the Bundesliga this season! – into the second period. This did not change until the substitutions of Bynoe-Gittens and Reyna. "Jamie played with a lot of energy," said Reyna of Bynoe-Gittens, who had been out with a shoulder injury since Matchday 5. "They were four tough months for him. I know how much work it takes to come back from such a long injury. I'm really delighted for him."

Reyna himself rounded off a thrilling afternoon of football with a dream strike to seal the 4-3 win. "I saw the long ball from Schlotti. Jude flicked it on. It fell perfectly into my path. A good goal," said Reyna. Terzic was delighted with the sixth and seventh goals scored for his team this season by substitutes. "When you're able to bring on two wingers against such an intensive opponent, that's of course good. We were in that position far too rarely in the first half of the season." He went on to say: "Jamie has unbelievable abilities. We've missed him and this type of player because he can have these special moments. But it's not an individual goal. It just looks like it. The goal came about because of a switch in play. The central defender passes to him and the full-back opens up the space so that Jamie can stay in a one-on-one."

Despite the three conceded goals, the coach and team can still take some positives into the two away games this week: the commitment and dedication were there from the first to the final minute and the self-critical words from Schlotterbeck & Co. after the final whistle will have also pleased the coach, as will the threat finally posed by crossed free-kicks from Brandt, among others: "I'm very satisfied that we were dangerous from attacking set-pieces. That has also been a focal point in recent weeks. We not only scored a goal as a result, but could've gone 3-1 ahead," said Terzic, who was referring to the huge chance that fell to Mats Hummels following Nico Schlotterbeck's headed goal. Everything about the move was right – from the execution to the completion – but the Augsburg shot-stopper made a great save.

Edin Terzic: "We took a step forward and noticed that the things we rehearsed are working. However, we know there is still a great deal of work ahead of us." Boris Rupert

Match report: 4-3 against Augsburg Reactions: "A highly spectacularly match" Facts: No defeat in opening match of a year since 2004

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