Kiessling hails ‘dirty’ win

Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling said his side’s “dirty

win” over Augsburg was just what the doctor ordered.

After losing to Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday night

and picking up just two points from their previous three Bundesliga

matches, all that mattered was getting the points against the

Bundesliga strugglers, no matter how.

That is precisely what Leverkusen did and Kiessling, who opened

the scoring in the 2-1 success, said it was just the tonic.

“We did not feel too fresh today and it just feels good to get

such a dirty win, after the last few weeks in which we have played

really well and not been rewarded,” he said.

“You hear people on the outside saying that we are collapsing

again, which is why such a win is good.”

The defeat was Augsburg’s first of 2013, but their coach Markus

Weinzierl is not giving up hope of avoiding relegation.

“The performance was such that we would have deserved a point,”

he told Sky television.

“The performance gives us confidence, even though we know that

we have a decisive game against Hoffenheim next week, who we have

got to beat at home.”