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Koeman: "We were an easy prey for NAC Breda" (

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Ronald Koeman did not beat about the bush at the post-match press conference. “We were an easy prey for NAC Breda and that should never have happened. It’s simply not done”, he said after his team’s 3-0 defeat against NAC Breda. “They thoroughly deserved to win, as they worked hard and we did not. Credit to NAC, this has been a painful lesson for us.” Koeman kept his composure, but he could not help admitting he had been boiling with rage during the game. “We put in an awful display. There has been only one team on the pitch that battled to win. We did not go into the game with the proper attitude tonight. We leaned back and some of our players were out of form. I think NAC fully deserved their 3-0 win. They put the game beyond reach when they had doubled their advantage.” Koeman did not agree his team had taken things too easily from the start. “We had never thought this was going to be a walkover. But I feel really upset about our first half performance. We lacked the mental strength needed to pull off a fair result.”
“We had told our players before the game: we have nothing to lose”, said winning coach Ernie Brandts. “We told them to work hard and maybe the game would go our way. We enjoyed most possession before the break and created chances. We continued the game in the same vein after the interval, but when we had opened the scoring PSV piled up the pressure. We scored the second goal at a very convenient moment and we knew we had virtually wrapped up things. All credit to the team. We have done well, bearing in mind that this is the shortest route into Europe.”