Van Bronckhorst unhappy with ‘substandard’ display

Giovanni van Bronckhorst held his hand up after Sunday afternoon’s home defeat by PSV. ‘We deserved to lose,’ said the head coach.

Not a strong start
Feyenoord did not begin the Eredivisie match against the league leaders with anything like the energy they showed in last month’s cup meeting. ‘Then we started with passion and heart, with a real will to win,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘That was not at all the case on Sunday. We made the wrong decisions, gave the ball away a lot and did not grow into the game. PSV deserved to take a 2-0 lead in that phase.’

A chink of light 
After the break Van Bronckhorst saw a different facet to his side, which suddenly looked up for the fight. The reward came with Tonny Vilhena’s fine goal. ‘In the second half we did start how we can. I wonder how that is possible,” said Van Bronckhorst. “We made a match of it for a while, but after the third goal you know it’s going to be really tough.’

Berghuis injury
Van Bronckhorst lost Steven Berghuis in the second half, with a sore thigh. The day before the game he had already lost Sven van Beek to a knee injury. ‘All the injuries and suspensions in recent weeks don’t make things easier. It means we have to switch things around in the team a lot. Together with the lack of confident, it all means we are in a tough place at the moment.’

Willem II on Wednesday
Feyenoord will have to get back in the saddle soon, as Willem II are next up on Wednesday in the semi-final of the cup. Van Bronckhorst, who hopes to have Berghuis back for selection, understands what’s at stake. ‘We have to win that match to stay in with a chance of a trophy. We are under a lot of pressure, but we just have to man up.’

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