PSV head coach Phillip Cocu was proud of his team as they were unfazed by their numerical disadvantage and fought back with 2-1 down to earn a 3-2 win against Heracles Almelo. “Although we were reduced to ten men, we reached the quarter finals of the KNVB Beker. I just have to compliment the team for showing fight, resilience and grit”, said Cocu at the post-match conference.
Cocu: ‘We had the better chances’
Cocu had expected beforehand that Heracles Almelo would put in a spirited display and he was right. “It was a genuine cup tie. Heracles Almelo started brightly, won the ball frequently and kept possession. They fully deserved their 1-0 lead”, said Cocu. But when PSV had scored the equaliser on the stroke of half time, the match was turned upside down. “We intended to up a gear after the break but were down to ten men in no time and trailing 2-1. We staged a brave comeback, which makes me feel proud. We had the better chances and I just have to compliment the team for showing fight, resilience and grit.”
Stegeman: ‘We need to be more clever’
Heracles Almelo boss John Stegeman could not hide his disappointment with his side’s defeat. “We had a great opportunity tonight to reach the quarter finals but it was not to be, which is disappointing”. Stegeman saw his team get off to a bright start. “We hardly gave anything away, apart from a goal scored from a free kick by Locadia, but we soon regained the lead after the break, Things seemed to go our way with a red card and a goal scored from the spot, but apparently we struggled to make our numerical advantage tell. We need to more clever. And we lost control when PSV were back on level terms for the second time. We were tired in the closing stages and lacked the quality to kill off the game. I must admit PSV scored a wonder goal in added time to secure the win”, said Stegeman.