Van Bronckhorst has ‘mixed feelings about final week’

Giovanni van Bronckhorst saw his Feyenoord side denied victory from a winning position against Den Haag on Sunday (2-2). ‘A fair result,’ said the head coach post-match, who nonetheless admitted to being disappointed about his side’s failure to secure three points.

Feyenoord conceded within four minutes of kick-off in the final match of 2018. ‘We started very poorly,’ Van Bronckhorst acknowledged, referring to Abdenasser El Khayati’s opening goal. ‘We then grew into the game and made it 1-1 at a good time. In the second half we should have taken the lead immediately; thankfully the goal did come later. 1-2 was deserved, but then we made things unnecessarily difficult for ourselves.’

Rather than chasing a third to secure the win, Feyenoord found themselves blowing hard just to come away with a point. That was due to Bart Nieuwkoop’s red card and El Khayati’s equaliser from the resulting penalty. ‘We had total control,’ said Van Bronckhorst, ‘but the game was turned completely on its head in a moment. We cannot complain about the decision of the referee.’ Kevin Blom awarded a spot kick after studying the video footage.

The draw in the final match of 2018 leaves Feyenoord trailing behind the top two in the Eredivisie but in the quarterfinals of the KNVB Cup. ‘That’s why I have mixed feelings about this week,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘We cannot do more than have a rest and recharge our batteries for the second half of the season.’

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