Van Bronckhorst: ‘We did everything to win’

Giovanni van Bronckhorst was happy with virtually everything he got from his team in Arnhem on Sunday, save the result. Feyenoord played well and created chances for most of the match, but it ended all square at 1-1. ‘The team did everything they could to get the win.’

Feyenoord put in a great first-half performance at the Gelredome and led at the break after Orkun Kökcü finished off a fine attack in time affected on. ‘We dominated and Vitesse were unable to put us under pressure,’ said Van Bronckhorst, who praised the goalscorer’s play. ‘Orkun is developing very well. He was always in a position to receive the ball and he scored a good goal.’

The joy at the end of the first half made way for despair early in the second. Vitesse equalised within moments and Van Bronckhorst was not pleased with how the goal came about. ‘It’s not acceptable at this level, especially not so soon after the break. We made it tough for ourselves in that phase. When you invest so much energy in the match, it is very disappointing to concede a goal like that at that time.’

Feyenoord got themselves over that set-back and went looking for the  winner in the final thirty. Despite creating a host of chances, the visitors were ultimately unable to conjure up a goal, with Jan-Arie van der Heijden heading against the post in injury time. ‘We could have done some good business,’ said Van Bronckhorst, referring to the table as chasers AZ also drew. ‘We deserved to win, but we did not reward ourselves.’

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