“We had two very different halves of football”

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“We  had two very different halves of football”

PSV head coach Phillip Cocu told the media at the post-match conference that he had seen a match of two very different halves. He was very happy with his side’s spirited first-half team performance but was not satisfied with the below-par second-half display against Feyenoord on Sunday afternoon.

A good weekend
“We executed the game plan excellently in the first half”, said Cocu, speaking after the game. “We were fully focused on our job and played some good football, but did not meet expectations after the break. We must learn from our mistakes. I have no idea why we failed to keep on going in the second half. We lacked initiative and courage.” Cocu was pleased with the results of PSV’s nearest rivals. “Ajax were held to a draw and Feyenoord were left empty-handed. So all in all, this was a good weekend for us.”

‘We owe Jeroen Zoet for the victory’
PSV captain Marco van Ginkel was happy to have taken all three points. “We did well in the first half, but after the break we were poor. I can’t explain why, though”, said Van Ginkel, who hailed Jeroen Zoet’s goalkeeping heroics. “We owe our goalkeeper for the victory. He kept us in the game with a number of excellent saves. We managed to earn a narrow and hard-fought win but we won and that’s all that matters.”

Luuk de Jong
Luuk de Jong was stretchered off the pitch following a reckless challenge by Feyenoord player Steven Berghuis. Cocu could not reveal the exact nature of the injury yet. “Luuk de Jong will stay in hospital for one night. It looks like he has broken some ribs”, said Cocu.