The Eredivisie table shows that Feyenoord are the season’s top goalscorers after a flood of nettings since the new year. But coach Van Marwijk is not so pleased with a second statistic: ‘Of the top 3 we have conceded by far and away the most goals. But I do think we’ve been better at the back these past few weeks. When we give something away it’s only through individual errors.’

‘You’d have to look it up, but it is a long time ago that we were creating so many chances. The enormous number of chances is a sign that we play attacking football. After Celtic-Feyenoord someone wrote that we really only play with two defenders and that’s right to an extent. And playing attacking football makes us more vulnerable at the back.’ Shinji Ono returns to the starting eleven Sunday in Nijmegen to face a NEC side that hasn’t conceded a goal themselves in six home games. It’s up front that Johan Neeskens’s men are finding things difficult. That said, the club has matured in the past few seasons and is threatening to break into the top five this campaign. ‘They’ve gradually put together an okay team. It doesn’t surprise me that they are so high up, but I am a little surprised that they have that many points. But I like the NEC trainer, Johan Neeskens, so I’m glad they are so high up. They say they play negatively, but they play according to their possibilities.’ HOLLAND CASINO EREDIVISE Sunday 14 March 2003 NEC NIJMEGEN-FEYENOORD Venue: De Goffert Kickoff: 1 pm PROBABLE TEAMS NEC Gentenaar; Wisgerhof, Wielaert, Govedarica, Leiwakabessy; Schuurman, Zonneveld, Hersi, Van Rijswijk (Simr); Demouge and Tumba FEYENOORD Lodewijks; Emerton, Van Wonderen, De Nooijer, Paauwe; Kalou, Bosvelt, Ono, Van Persie; Buffel and Van Hooijdonk Referee: Van Egmond The history 8/9/2001 NEC 0-3 Feyenoord 25/1/2001 NEC 1-2 Feyenoord 19/11/2000 NEC 1-3 Feyenoord 7/5/2000 NEC 0-2 Feyenoord 16/5/1999 NEC 0-3 Feyenoord 18/8/2002 Feyenoord 2-0 NEC 9/12/2001 Feyenoord 5-0 NEC 21/4/2001 Feyenoord 3-0 NEC 24/10/1999 Feyenoord 2-1 NEC 6/12/1998 Feyenoord 1-0 NEC

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