The big man clearly feels that the Battle of the North Sea has swung Feyenoord's way. "Yes, of course, because you've scored an away goal and Rangers have to score. It's as simple as that. That's not easy because we can play the same way as we did here and they have to attack us, which gives us opportunities to score on the break. We scored one today, but compared to the chances we should have had another one because we didn't give any chances away in the whole game I think to Rangers.
Assistant coach John Metgod, a veteran of European competition, knows how vital it is to take your chances at the highest level. Which explains his initial reaction. "We're very disappointed, because I think we should have won the game. I'm very pleased about the way we played. We created some chances I don't think they really had one chance."
Metgod reserved special praise for young Glenn Loovens who had a blinder, apart from one 'small incident' late in the second half. "I think he played the ball, and I think it was a bit harsh to give a penalty. But you know if play for 50,000 people there's always a chance that he might give a penalty. For him it was very disappointing, because I think he played a very good
The conditions where not exactly conducive to top quality football, but Metgod paid tribute to both sides. "I think they all did very well to give us the sort of game that they did. And I think we'd have thoroughly deserved a win here."
Feyenoord go into next week's second leg without key man Tomasson, who picked up a yellow card and a one-match ban. Metgod however, feels that the Rotterdammers have enough strength in depth to cover the loss of the Dane. "He's obviously a good player, but I think we have players to (replace) him.
The way we played today I'm sure we can do the same thing in a week's time in Rotterdam. Then I'm sure we'll go through."