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Hiddink: "A bright start to the second period" (

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At the post-match press conference PSV boss Guus Hiddink thought the 4-0 win over NAC Breda was a 'bright start to the second period of the season'. He was also delighted that some players had gained match rhythm again."It is crucial to have a bright start", announced Hiddink at the beginning of the press conference. "We had a good training camp in Abu Dhabi, where we could do a lot of physical work and tried out some attacking variants. I was pleased to see it paid off well tonight." Hiddink referred to, among other things, the way the wingers DaMarcus Beasley and Ji-Sung Park changed position. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink scored from a cross delivered by Beasley from the right wing, while Park produced a centre from which NAC Breda defender Penders scored an unfortunate own goal."After the break we were sloppy at times, but we did not concede any damage at that stage of the game. Then we pulled ourselves together again and killed off the game. Phillip Cocu has been able to play for an hour and Johann Vogel has gained some match rhythm again as well. It was en excellent start to the second period", felt Hiddink. He also paid tribute to Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, who made a wonderful come back. "Jan has been training well in the mid-winter break and he was as fit as a fiddle once again. I am delighted he is a regular player again. He has put up a fine display."His colleague Ton Lokhoff said some of his players were not really fit on their trip to Eindhoven. "When you play, away against PSV, you know that you need fit fully fit players. Some of my players had not been able to train really well and there were even some players who didn’t know last night whether they could make an appearance. So we knew we could anticipate a tough night", explained Lokhoff. "PSV were the best team from the very beginning. We tried to defend in a compact way and we did our best to get our forwards in a shooting position. At first we succeeded in doing so."But Lokhoff also admitted that his defenders were too careless at some of the goals NAC Breda conceded. "We did not pay attention at the fourth goal; such a goal should never have been scored." Lokhoff referred to the free kick that Mark van Bommel, as quick as lighting, fired home, when no NAC Breda player seemed to realize what was going on.