In contrast to previous practice matches, roles were reversed at Woudestein. Not attack, but defence worried Van Marwijk. ‘Normally I’m least concerned about the defence, but it didn’t go well at the back today. Although you have to remember that both Van Wonderen and Paauwe are injured. That of course makes quite a difference,’ the coach added. Van Marwijk was also glad Ramon van Haaren managed to complete the full ninety minutes.
The coach was more positive about Kalou than in previous weeks. ‘He scored twice and showed some real class at certain points. That’s extremely pleasing. But he also let players get away from him on two occasions, both times resulting in a goal against us. In that sense, he was a perfect reflection of the match’s character - strong in attack, less so in defence.’
Van Marwijk also discovered that Kalou and Leonardo are not the only ones with a fitness issue. Ono seemed lethargic and unfit at Woudestein. ‘Shinji wasn’t fully up to scratch today. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the repercussions of the World Cup and his appendix operation,’ van Marwijk said. The coach doesn’t expect injured Paauwe and Van Hooijdonk back in the squad until next Tuesday at the earliest. ‘Time is pressing,’ the Feyenoord coach added just before leaving Kralingen.