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'We were not looking too confident in our football' (PSV.nl)

31 dec 2007 - Source: PSV.nl

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PSV moved to the top of the Eredivisie as Perez scored one goal and set up the other in PSV's 2-0 victory against NAC Breda, but caretaker coach Jan Wouters admitted at the post-match press that had side had been lacking confidence. 'We were not looking too confident in our football and we were finding goals hard to come by. We also frequently clumsily conceded possession.'

'Several players lack confidence at the moment', said Wouters, who will act as assistant coach under new head coach Sef Vergoossen as from next week. Wouters steps down as caretaker manager, having led PSV to the top of the table, after both Feyenoord and Ajax dropped precious points in the closing stages against Heerenveen and VVV-Venlo respectively.
'We took control of the game in the first half without creating any meaningful chances. We scored the opening goal at a convenient moment, so we hoped we would be given more space after the break and put in a more convincing display. But then we couldn't help noticing that several players lack confidence at the moment. As we failed to double our advantage, there was always a danger NAC Breda might pull level. But we are happy to be back on top after a poor performance, and we know we will only improve.'

NAC boss Ernie Brandts thought his team had put in a decent display, but admitted his side had lacked cutting edge. 'It s a shame we missed some key players, no disrespect intended to the players that were on the pitch. It's too bad we conceded a goal on the stroke of half time after Fehér had been dispossessed. We staged a brave fightback in the second half only to concede a second goal in injury time. Our goalkeeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar decided to join the attack in the dying seconds. It was all or nothing and actually it doesn't really matter whether you lose 1-0 or 2-0', concluded Brandts.