Victory deserved based on second half, says Van Bronckhorst

Giovanni van Bronckhorst called himself a ‘happy coach’ after Sunday’s 3-1 win against ADO Den Haag. Read the Feyenoord supremo’s reaction below.

‘We knew we had to win after the two opening matches since the winter break,’ said Van Bronckhorst, referring to the 2-0 loss at Ajax and the midweek draw against FC Utrecht. ‘We want to advance up the table as quickly as possible, which is why I’m so happy with these points.’

For Van Bronckhorst, the win against ADO was mainly down to his side’s second half performance. ‘We took control of the match after the break and based on the second half we deserved to win. At half time I said that Jens, Steven and Sam had to play closer to Nicolai. They did, which meant we could threaten more than before the break. After ADO made it 2-1 things got tense for a while; the 3-1 was liberating.’

The head coach, who was forced to take off Bart Nieuwkoop at half time due to a head problem, also spoke about the foreign interest in Nicolai Jørgensen. ‘It’s hard to say whether Nicolai will be staying. We’ll have to wait and see over the next few days. It could go any way. What we do know is that Nicolai is important to us. He showed that again today.’

With the three points in the bag, Van Bronckhorst briefly looked forward to Wednesday’s KNVB Cup quarterfinal against PSV. ‘We need to rest over the next few days and work towards that important cup-tie. At any rate, today’s win has given us a confidence boost.’

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