Phillip Cocu: ‘Costly defeat’

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Phillip Cocu: ‘Costly defeat’

Head coach Phillip Cocu struggled to contain his disappointment at the press conference at the Polman Stadium after PSV’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Heracles.

Phillip Cocu frustrated
PSV let an early lead slip against Heracles after conceding twice within the space of a few minutes shortly before the interval. “A few players thought they could get away with taking it 20 per cent easier. But you cannot afford to play at 75 per cent in the Eredivisie,” commented a frustrated Cocu. “We let the pace slow down a bit too much. We lost too many personal duels and challenges. We only have ourselves to blame for this loss,” he added. The game turned in PSV’s favour a bit after the break. The reigning champions were in control, but didn’t create many chances. “We were unable to play our own game. We struggled in possession. We stepped it up a notch after the break as we fought hard, but there were no more goals to be seen. I can only congratulate Heracles with a good win. They put in the kind of performance that we put in on Tuesday. They desperately wanted to win.”

John Stegeman proud
Heracles Almelo coach John Stegeman was in a much better mood. His team sit atop of the table for at least a day following Saturday’s win over PSV. “This is incredibly cool. We did not even dare to dream this would happen,” he stated. “I would like to give my team a compliment, I am a proud coach.” Stegeman was rather surprised with Heracles’ win, particularly after Luuk de Jong’s early opening goal. “We really struggled in the opening stages of the match. Only after 20 minutes or so did we get into the game a bit more. We were able to start attacking from there on and it eventually resulted in two great goals. The second goal in particular was a fine team move.” The Heracles coach acknowledged that it was all about defending after the interval. “You know PSV will start pushing for the equaliser in the second half, but we defended really well. I am quite proud that our defence was able to keep PSV’s star players quiet,” he ended.