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PSV head coach Guus Hiddink is very happy with the way PSV are developing. Sparta coach Vloet explained at the post-match press conference that his team had suffered defeat on Saturday night, mainly because they had frequently lost possession. "Very happy""It was hard to be fully focused tonight, in the wake of the string of recent tough fixtures. Having said that, I want to stress that these are facts. It should not be interpreted as a lack of respect for Sparta, who do fine as a newly-promoted side.The alarm bells were ringing when Oost got a great opportunity to open the scoring. We then increased the pressure and scored two goals. We knew that once we had broken the deadlock, things would go our way.At the start of the international break we cannot but be happy about the way this team has developed ever since the pres-season campaign. We intend to carry on from there after next week. We realize it was not the most sparkling of games, but it was a fine win all in all”, said Guus Hiddink when asked to analyze the game at the post-match press conference. "Predictable defeat"Sparta coach Wiljan Vloet knew beforehand that his side was going to have a tough night. "We had told our players to be careful once they were in possession of the ball. We needed guts to attack against the team that fields better players than we have. Luck was not on our side, when Jason Oost had earned a great opportunity. Soon afterwards we lost possession in the middle of the pitch, for which I had warned my players. Two, three passes later we were trailing. And the same thing happened the very next minute. Game over. We tried to pull one back in order to get back in the game, but they scored 3-0. PSV have quality players. I feel this was a predictable defeat, but then again I think we might have hurt them a bit tonight. If we had not lost possession so often, we might have made it a proper game”, finished Vloet his analysis of the game.Ibrahim AfellayHiddink also explained why he had rested the young midfielder Ibrahim Afellay. "Ibrahim was not quite match-fit. He has a touch of flu and slightly suffers from a groin problem.” Hiddink said that the doctors of PSV and Young Holland would consult each other, but he added that he thought Afellay had better not join the national team in these circumstances.