Last Saturday, spectators were allowed in the Rote Erde Stadium for the first time since October. The Borussia Dortmund U23s can once again look forward to support from the stands when they host SV Bergisch Gladbach 09.
500 fans were able to watch BVB come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with VfB Homberg. The point gained could prove crucial in the final league standings. At the moment, BVB and RW Essen find themselves level on points and goal difference going into the final games of the Regionalliga West season. It is only down to a superior number of goals scored that Dortmund are placed number one in the standings. That said, the Black & Yellows have a game in hand over their opponents - advantage BVB. A further cause for optimism comes in the form of the 500 fans who will once again be able to attend Tuesday evening's match against Bergisch Gladbach in the Rote Erde Stadium. BVB coach Enrico Maaßen felt the support of the fans had an important role to play against Homberg: ''The stands erupted after the second goal. That clearly did the team a lot of good. You could see how the fans gave the players that extra push.''
On Saturday, the Black & Yellows - driven on by the fans and their own desire to win - managed to work themselves into pole position for the home straight. A win on Tuesday would represent a huge leap towards promotion to the 3. Liga. Against bottom-placed SV Bergisch Gladbach, the statistics certainly speak in favour of BVB. Borussia have won their last two games against Tuesday's visitors without conceding a goal in the process. The 3-0 win earlier in the season came about thanks to a goal from Steffen Tigges and a brace by Dominik Wanner, who also got his name on the scoresheet on Saturday. The left-winger impressed off the bench and made a strong case for inclusion in the starting line-up on Tuesday. It is still to be decided whether or not Marco Hober and Ansgar Knauff will return to the starting XI.