KOEMAN SEES PSYCHOLOGICAL PLUS IN VICTORY

Feyenoord coach Erwin Koeman was happy after his side’s 2-1 win over Espanyol in the Olympic Sports Center, Nanjing Sunday. ‘Especially for ourselves it’s important that have won,’ said Koeman. ‘Although the conditions were tough due to the high temperature, I feel that we played a reasonable to good first half. We just made problems for ourselves at dead-ball situations too often, especially by committing fouls too early. That will have to change.’

Koeman gave his first-choice eleven plenty of time to get themselves into the game, waiting a full seventy minutes before bringing on his first substitute – new kid on the block Derijck for Ferne Snoyl. ‘This is a time I want players to play for longer, although it was an assault on the body today. But I want to do the same Friday too when we play our second match.’

Koeman was especially pleased with the mental boost his players – and the Feyenoord fans – will get from the win. ‘We have to earn some trust, especially from our own fans. For that reason alone this was a valuable victory,’ said Koeman, who also expressed his approval of the lack of too many injuries in the squad. ‘It’s a pity that Ali Boussaboun and Pascal Bosschaart had to pull out, but I can’t complain otherwise. In this evening’s game Ferne Snoyl had a little problem with his thighbone, but it doesn’t look like it will be a serious injury.’

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