Van Bronckhorst: ‘We made the difference after the break’

The first half was tough-going, but Feyenoord secured the points with a couple of goals in the second 45 to beat Heracles 0-2 on Sunday. Head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst saw a much more focused side after the break.

‘We had a few lucky escapes in the first half,’ the coach explained, alluding to a Kristoffer Peterson shot against the post and some good saves by Justin Bijlow. ‘We knew this would a tough match. We were unable to find the free man, so we couldn’t pass it around enough or make enough chances.’

The picture changed in the second half, as Feyenoord upped the pace and kept the ball much better. ‘The difference in strength was very noticeable in the first half an hour after the break in particular and we made the difference,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘There was more movement in the team, which was especially expressed in the second goal. It was one from the textbook.’

Thar enabled Feyenoord to secure an important win against fourth-placed Heracles and so strengthen their grip on third. The Eredivisie resumes in two weeks with a home match against FC Groningen, with Van Bronckhorst hopeful that Robin van Persie will be back in contention for a starting place. ‘Robin was unable to train any more after Tuesday and we didn’t manage to  get him ready for today. It looks as though he will be back in two weeks.’

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