The victory was not without its disappointments though, as Biseswar only got his chance after Ali Boussaboun was forced off with an ankle problem early in the second half and Patrick Paauwe picked up his fourth caution, which earns him a ban from the match against Heracles Almelo.
Koeman surprised many with his formation for the meet with the Limburg outfit, opting to play with three at the back and a populous midfield for the first time in an away fixture, although the coach has tried the configuration at De Kuip.
The defence did show a little brittleness in the early stages and Sekou Cissé was able to rattle off a couple of shots at goal, but Koeman’s formation looked more and more solid as the first half progressed. Indeed, Feyenoord were able to break forward with speed once they’d won the ball, which led to some good chances and two goals in the first forty-five.
Kuyt was the first visit to aim a shot between the posts on eight, but the effort veered wide in the end. The striker had more luck with his second shot 25 minutes in though. De Guzman did well to keep the ball from going out by the corner flag, sending in an inviting cross that homed in on Kuyt’s head, whence it rebounded into the back of the net.
The goal was the spark that set the match alight and within two minutes Feyenoord had had their fingers singed. Sergio surprised Patrick Lodewijks with a beautiful long-distance strike that the keeper could do nothing to prevent from crossing the line.
Feyenoord were not burnt out yet however and the home side continued to go in search of goals. They got one on 32 minutes and it came from a Hossam Ghaly cross. The Egyptian international was late in returning to the Netherlands, staying on in his homeland for family reasons, after fulfilling his international commitments and he looked a little off the pace for the first half hour, but his cross was tailor-made for van André Bahia, who rose to nod Feyenoord back into the lead.
Kalou could have given the Maassiders the cushion of an extra goal not long after, when the visitors combined beautifully. Kalou’s shot had the power to beat keeper Vladan Kujovic, but not the direction to beat the post, whistling wide of the mark. The miss would take on extra significance just before the break when Andres Oper found the ball at his feet and shot Roda JC level.
The second half wasn’t very old when Feyenoord were dealt a blow as Boussaboun clasped the ankle he had hurt in Friday training and was forced out of the game. Koeman decided to bring on Biseswar for only his second first-team appearance.
The pace of the game went down a gear or two and the second half was a quarter of an hour old before the first opportunities came – first Bodnar then Bodor both shot wide on behalf of the hosts. Kalou’s effort was of much better quality, but it rattled against the post. On 67 De Kuzman should have scored when eye to eye with keeper Kujovic, but the Canadian skied his attempt.
Feyenoord were starting to turn the screw and the home side were forced onto the back foot, sometimes reverting to fouls to keep their opponents at bay. That earned Ger Senden a caution on 78 when he kicked Kuyt to the floor, but the Rotterdammers forget their pains when Biseswar fired them into the lead with a hard and true drive a minute or so later.
The home side’s frustrations were best (or worst) articulated by Kah, who committed a bad foul on Sebastián Pardo to collect his second yellow card of the afternoon and an early trip to the dressing room. That so enraged coach Huub Stevens that referee Van Egmond felt it necessary to eject him too.
Feyenoord continued to concentrate on the footballing side of things however and Kalou should have grabbed his side’s fourth only to find Kujovic up to the challenge not once but twice, as the game ended without further incident.
Roda JC – Feyenoord 2-3
25´ 0-1 Kuyt
28´ 1-1 Sergio
32´ 1-2 Bahia
45´ 2-2 Oper
79´ 2-3 Biseswar
Yellow: Boussaboun, Paauwe, Senden, Van Dijk
Red: Kah (2x yellow), Stevens (Roda coach 83’)
Roda JC: Kujovic; Lachambre, Vicelich, Kah, Senden; Bodor, Sergio, G. van Dijk, Bodnar (73´ Filipovic); Oper, Cissé.
Feyenoord: Lodewijks; Östlund, Greene, Bahia; Ghaly (61´ Bosschaart), Paauwe, De Guzman, Pardo; Boussaboun (53´ Biseswar), Kuyt, Kalou.