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23 mei 2005 - Source:

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The two coaches were not very talkative at the post-match press conference. For PSV it was the game before the Cup final and Roda JC took leave of Mark Luijpers."Our main challenge was to come through the game unscathed and return from Kerkrade with a fully-fit squad”, explained Fred Rutten who took charge of the proceedings in the absence of PSV head coach Guus Hiddink. "We will play one more game at the end of the season, in which a trophy is at stake. We have already customized our training sessions to next weekend’s crucial game; today it was important to retain our self confidence. Actually I haven’t got much to say on today’s game." His Roda JC colleague Wiljan Vloet completlely agreed with the latter statement Rutten had made: "We played our best football in the first ten minutes. PSV were focused on different issues, For us the most important aspect of the game was taking leave of Mark Luijpers. It would have been nice if we had collected a good result at his farewell game. But he was given a great farewell, which he fully deserves. We are glad we have earned one point and that we are eighth in the table", said Vloet.When the press conference was over, it was announced that Roda JC striker Arouna Koné, who was linked with Ajax during the winter break, has extended his contract with Roda JC with three seasons.