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PSV coach Huub Stevens reiterated his objectives ahead of Tuesday night's Eredivisie game away against ADO Den Haag. 'We must learn from our mistakes. And I want us to bounce back from our defeats and chase all three points', said Stevens during the press briefing at De Herdgang on Monday afternoon.
Stevens previewed the ADO Den Haag game during a press briefing on Monday afternoon.
Stevens took time to reflect on his side's 3-2 defeat against his former club Roda JC. 'I watched replays with some players and we analysed what went well and what went wrong during the games with Olympique Marseille and Roda JC. We were well-organised and disciplined against Marseille but failed to meet expectations against Roda JC, who have a different style of play. We have made some mistakes that we should not have made. However, we deal with human beings. We cannot change our players overnight. They are not like computer programmes that can be installed in no time.

Stevens then previewed Tuesday's game against newly-promoted ADO. 'We can put the defeat at Roda JC behind us and we will now focus on the next game. I want PSV to chase all three points. It's about time we learn from our mistakes. PSV are four points behind the leaders in the table and we will have to narrow the gap.'
Afellay doubtful
PSV suffer injury woe and some players are ruled out of Tuesday's game. Nordin Amrabat is not available to feature against ADO Den Haag, while Ibrahim Afellay is a major doubt. 'He wanted to start against Roda JC, but medical tests revealed that it would have been too risky. We don't want him to sustain a muscle tear.' Jan Kromkamp is doubtful for Tuesday and Jérémie Bréchet is set to be sidelined for several weeks. 'We will be forced to adapt our game plan as we cannot select from a full-strength squad.'

The PSV coach finally explained the goals he has set for the 2008/09 season. 'Every coach, including me, has a clear goal in mind. We are in the middle of a process, but have not realised our objectives. It is our duty to inspire confidence and get players to play with great effort. We currently lack consistency but the main thing is that the lads should keep on enjoying their game. The process may be a bit slower than we had expected, but our squad.