COACH NOT DISPLEASED WITH PERFORMANCES

Bert van Marwijk admitted to being satisfied with his side’s performance in the Alpen Cup despite Thursday’s odd-goal loss to Kaiserslautern, which followed a goalless draw with HSV and defeat on penalties. 'The results are not that important,’ said the coach. 'More importantly for me, we played well in patches. Physically we are looking reasonably good. I’m more interested in that at this stage of the season.’

'This evening we had 70% ball possession before the break and our positional play was good. It was just that it was an aim in itself rather than a way to create chances. After the break it was better. I felt we deserved a goal,’ said Van Marwijk. The trainer had this to say about Anthony Lurling’s red card. ‘Let me say first that what Anthony did was not very clever. He should have controlled himself. It was a rash challenge that earned him a red card, while he didn’t even touch the player. And what’s more, there was a lot more going on. My players were unhappy that some of the Germans were falling over every tuff of grass. I also heard that Kalou was verbally abused. That all played a role.’ There were afters of course, but Van Marwijk was less worried about that. ‘It shouldn’t be a part of football, but it does have its appeal.’
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