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After last-week’s last-gasp win against FC Utrecht, Giovanni van Bronckhorst saw his team snatch victory late on against Vitesse for the second week running. Post-match, the coach noted a huge difference in his side’s performance before and after the break.
Van Bronckhorst was unable to deny that he was angered by Feyenoord’s opening 45-minute display at De Kuip. ‘I think that’s only logical, after a first half like that. We played without passion, arrived too late across the pitch and were chasing shadows.'
Vitesse led by a single goal at the break, but Feyenoord levelled within a few minutes of the restart. ‘There was a world of difference between the first half and the attitude we showed on the pitch after the break,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘That spread to the crowd. We could have decided the match immediately in that phase, but unfortunately Steven’s goal was disallowed.’ Berghuis saw his effort ruled out for offside.
Van Bronckhorst, who praised Sam Larsson for his performance off the bench, saw Robin van Persie effectively win the game with a scorching free kick before being sent off moments later. ‘Robin had to put things right after we lost the ball and, because the referee had already shown red to Vitesse, you know that sort of thing can happen,’ said the head coach.