Fight for second getting very interesting, says Rutten
Wednesday evening’s 1-3 defeat at sc Heerenveen was a big disappointment, but Fred Rutten’s side have a chance to get back on track when they welcome the Eredivisie’s other Frisian club SC Cambuur to De Kuip on Sunday.
Rutten felt that his team were ‘haughty’ at times against Heerenveen. ‘There’s a thin line between haughty and laziness,’ the coach explained on Friday. ‘Laziness does not belong at Feyenoord. As well as good football, it’s precisely hard work we need.’
With that in mind, Feyenoord’s performance in Friesland was a nasty surprise for the coach. ‘Since the first few months this season I’ve only seen the team grow, so I did not expect this loss. On the other hand, I don’t have the impression that we have suddenly become inconsistent. It’s just that everything collapsed in on itself for us on Wednesday. The occasional errors we normally make had major consequences this time.’
Yet despite the midweek loss in Heerenveen, the coach is still has confidence in his side ahead of Sunday’s home game against Cambuur. ‘We have to win that one,’ said Rutten. The coach did add a few words of caution, though. ‘Cambuur are a good side, they have shown they are hard to beat. Everyone except for Vitesse has found it tough against Cambuur recently.’
Feyenoord are looking to close the gap to second place with a win against the Leeuwarden outfit. ‘In that regard, Ajax’s defeat against AZ was to our advantage,’ Rutten continued. ‘The fight for second place is getting very interesting, especially with PEC Zwolle getting involved too.’
Feyenoord still without Wilkshire
Luke Wilkshire will certainly miss Sunday’s game. The defender is recovering from a hamstring injury, but he may return before long. ‘I wouldn’t be surprised that see him back on the pitch soon,’ said Rutten. The coach also said that Miquel Nelom did not appear on the training pitch on Friday as a precaution, due to a shin complaint. ‘But I expect him to be available on Sunday.’