‘We made it tough for ourselves’ - Van Bronckhorst

There was plenty to talk about after Feyenoord’s 2-1 home victory against Heracles Almelo on Saturday night. Giovanni van Bronckhorst praised his team’s will to win, but expressed his dissatisfaction with both Nicolai Jørgensen and Jordy Clasie.

Van Bronckhorst felt that Feyenoord should have scored more in a dominant first-half display. ‘We didn’t extend the lead before the break. We made more chances, but straight after the break it was suddenly 1-1. It was a damper for us.’

Looking to regain the lead, Feyenoord lost striker Nicolai Jørgensen, when the Dane was sent off. Van Bronckhorst saw it out the corner of his eye and was not pleased. ‘Foolish of Nico. I cannot accept him picking up a red card in this phase of the league in such an important game.’

Van Bronckhorst was also clear about what he thought about Jordy Clasie. The midfielder showed his frustration towards the coach when he was substituted. ‘Inappropriate,’ in Van Bronckhorst’s judgement. ‘Jordy is an emotional lad, but you cannot express disappointment in that way. He is now a lot calmer and he apologised, but I’ll be speaking with him with Martin van Geel. We’ll then see what consequences this has for Jordy.’

Van Bronckhorst replaced midfielder Clasy with striker Van Persie, a deliberate tactical decision, the coach confirmed. ‘We wanted to win this game, which is why we wanted to continue to play with three strikers. We managed it in the end and I’m really happy about that, but we made it unnecessarily tough for ourselves today.’

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