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Ruud Gullit complimented his team after the draw in Budapest, but did qualify his remarks. ‘You have to be satisfied with a draw in a European away game. I’m happy with the way the team played. But I’m very disappointed about the goal we conceded. It meant we had to play catch-up again and that irritates me.’ All in all an instructive night then. ‘The team is playing better and better, but has now also learned that the little things decide matches at this level. That is only good for this team.’
Gullit was happy to concede that his keeper was to blame for the Hungarian goal. ‘Babos decided not to make a wall. Great, but you have to catch the ball of course. But I do have to add that Gabor recovered well in the second half.’
‘We lacked clout in attack at the start of the game, but that had to do with the 4-3-3 system,’ continued Gullit. ‘That often means that you get too few people in front of goal. In the second half, when we started playing with two strikers and a diamond in midfield, it went better. We made chances and could have come away with the win.’