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Ronald Koeman lavished praises on Ibrahim Afellay at the post-match press conference. "We played our best football after the break, when Afellay soon scored the opening goal. He is making much progress and develops into a solid performer." Koeman was not at all pleased with his side's first half performance in Waalwijk. "We played a low-tempo game and RKC were a well organised and compact team. I was happy we were not trailing 1-0 at half time. They created two good chances.”Koeman made an important substitution. He took off Jan Kromkamp and brought on Jason Culina. "I had not expected them to play only two strikers. When Mendez played in his position, we started better moves. We played our best football after the break, when Afellay soon scored the opening goal. We finished the game in business-like way. I am content with our second half performance, but we did not meet expectations before the break", remarked Koeman. He was pleased with Afellay's fine performance. "He is a skilful youngster who always seems to make space for himself. As a midfielder he makes good runs and is capable of accelerating past defenders. And he shows great tactical skills as well. He will make even more progress, when he becomes physically stronger and does not go down too often." RKC coach Adrie Koster pointed out that he had instructed his team to take initiatives, in spite of the fact they met PSV. "It's no use starting a game frozen with fear. We created chances and if Janssen had scored the opening goal, it might have been an entirely different game. I think we defended well and PSV had to change their game plan. But after the break they proved to be a quality side and wrapped up the game in fifteen minutes’ time. I hoped we could pull a goal back. We had our moments and should take the positives from this game", concluded Koster.