Despite three easily given penalties, Feyenoord did not blame referee Srdan Jovanovic for the heavy 1-4 defeat against Wolfsberger AC. The team from Rotterdam felt that they themselves had played too badly in the Europa League game.
Berghuis: ‘We only trained once on 4-4-2’
“You can blame the referee, but if you start the match so weak, you will lose through your own fault”, trainer Dick Advocaat said. FOX Sports.
Feyenoord did not score a single goal attempt in the first half and was 0-2 behind at half time. In the first fifteen minutes after the break, the team from Rotterdam came back strongly and Steven Berghuis made 1-2.
“We had four hundred percent opportunities, which have to be achieved at this level,” said Advocaat. “That has to do with quality.”
One of the big chances was killed by Bryan Linssen. The originally left winger has left quite a few opportunities as a center forward all season long.
“You don’t have to be a clairvoyant to see that Linssen has trouble playing in the striker. We just don’t have a replacement at level,” said Advocaat at the press conference. Feyenoord missed the injured Nicolai Jørgensen and Róbert Bozeník in De Kuip.
Referee Jovanovic gave no fewer than three penalties to Wolfsberger AC in De Kuip. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Also captain Berghuis did not want to blame the Serbian arbiter for the defeat. “I think one or two penalties were given too easily. But that’s not the reason we lose, we start the game too badly.”
According to the attacker, this was due to the 4-4-2 line-up with which Feyenoord started. “We have never played like this before and only trained on it once. Of course it is uncomfortable, we were a bit searching.”
Lawyer, who intervened in the break and brought attacker Luciano Narsingh in front of defender Bart Nieuwkoop, admitted that his line-up did not work well. “I had faith in Lutsharel Geertruida as a defensive midfielder, but he was not ready for that yet. After the break, Jens Toornstra played there and you saw that he can make a decision faster. That is not a blame to Lutsharel, but to myself.”
Steven Berghuis is disappointed after the big home defeat. (Photo: Pro Shots)