Van Bronckhorst lauding: ‘We kept the faith’

Giovanni van Bronckhorst watched his men pull a win out of the fire on Sunday with a late goal against FC Utrecht (1-0). The head coach described it as a ‘hard-fought but deserved victory’.

Feyenoord had to wait until three minutes before time for the breakthrough goal, despite having created a string of chances before the break. ‘We were excellent in the first half, but we didn’t reward ourselves,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘Robin had a few shooting opportunities, but was unlucky in his finishing. In the end he scored with his head.’

The hosts found it hard to reproduce that pressure after the break, as Van Bronckhorst pointed out. ‘We had a few let offs when they broke. But we kept the faith and in the end we threatened too. I’m really happy we put all our energy into it. These are three very important points.’

As well as the win Van Bronckhorst was also happy with the performance of Nicolai Jørgensen, who played the final half an hour off the bench, making a strong impression. ‘You see what he brings, physically and with football intelligence,’ said the head coach. ‘Nico made an outstanding contribution off the bench and he is getting fitter and fitter. That important for us.’

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