Van Bronckhorst: ‘Away win very important’

Feyenoord secured their first three-point return on the road in 2019 on Sunday. A vital victory at VV Venlo moved Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side above AZ in the table. For the head coach it was mission accomplished. ‘The goal today was to claim third place. We did that.’

The 3-0 win edges Feyenoord a point ahead of their nearest rivals for that third place. ‘Which is why I’m so happy with these very important points,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘We have done well in difficult circumstances. VVV have been tough opponents for us in recent years.’

Feyenoord managed to get themselves ahead in the first half through Sam Larsson but were unable to kill off the game. ‘We allowed VVV to stay in the match for too long in the second half,’ Van Bronckhorst continued, lauding keeper Vermeer in particular. ‘Kenneth kept us in front with a couple of good saves and the second by Nico [Jørgensen] was very important for him and for us.’

Update: Haps and Van Persie
Tyrell Malacia scored Feyenoord’s third goal right at the death in Sunday’s 3-0 win at VVV Venlo. The left back started on the bench, but was brought on for Ridgeciano Haps. ‘Ridgeciano isn’t doing well,’ said Van Bronckhorst post-match. ‘He was blocked and got injured in the process. It’s probably his knee.’

Robin van Persie did not play any part in Venlo because he was not fit enough for inclusion in the match-day squad. As head coach Van Bronckhorst explained: ‘Robin hasn’t been on the pitch this past week, but the expectation is that he can start this week to come. We will see how it goes this week, particularly the last days before the match against Heracles Almelo.’

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