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'The two substitutes let their feet do the talking' (PSV.nl)

7 dec 2008 - Source: PSV.nl

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PSV coach Huub Stevens wondered if someone had put something in PSV's half time cup of tea as his players staged a stunning second half comeback. He was delighted with the performance that the two substitutes Otman Bakkal and Nordin Amrabat and produced. 'They let their feet do the talking tonight', he said at the post-match press conference.
'Took risks with Nordin'
'Someone must have put something in PSV's half time cup of tea', started Huub Stevens his analysis of Saturday's game at the Philips Stadium. 'We were in trouble and only started playing football when we were two goals down. FC Groningen were all over the pitch and could have been 3-0 up at half time. We took risks with Nordin. He was actually our nineteenth man, but was not dropped from the squad after Koevermans had withdrawn. Amrabat and Bakkal provided the perfect answers to our problems and let their feet do the talking tonight.' Stevens briefly gave his views on the consternation caused by a critical interview that Carlos Salcido has had with a national newspaper. 'It's not done to utter attacks in such a way. We have made agreements about that. The board will talk with him and that's all I'm willing to divulge on that subject. At PSV, we always hold a secret meeting to discuss an internal affair.'
Jans: 'How on earth is this possible?'
FC Groningen coach Ron Jans wondered how on earth his team had slipped to defeat, while they had a two-goal lead at half time. 'We have never enjoyed a victory in our past 23 outings here in Eindhoven, but during the break we really thought we would manage to record our first win. However, PSV were able to change things around. I can only blame my players for being only two goals up at half time. We should have scored at least one more goal before the break, while PSV created nothing in a poor first period. But then the game changed in the space of just a few minutes. How on earth was that possible? We should have won here. But whenever our opponents reduce the deficit, they become stronger, whereas we seem to lose heart. I'm afraid I haven't got the answer right now. We have shown in the first 45 minutes that we can play some decent football.'