Dick Advocaat enjoyed the game of Feyenoord throughout the second half on Sunday. His team won 1-4 against Willem II and therefore grabbed the lead in the Eredivisie.
Spajic’s adult debut
“If you can play as mature and as dominant as we did in the second half, then that is a feast for the eyes”, the trainer concluded with satisfaction at the press conference.
Feyenoord seemed to have a difficult afternoon when Vangelis Pavlidis gave the home team the lead after fifteen minutes. Ridgeciano Haps, however, equalized before half time, after which occasional striker Bryan Linssen and captain Steven Berghuis (2x) made the difference after half time.
“Willem II is a nice team that had not lost at home for a long time. But today I did not see them”, said Advocaat. “Then you can say that it is because of Willem II, but I think it is mainly the result of the good organization with us.”
Uros Spajic kept Willem II striker Vangelis Pavlidis under control for almost the entire match. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Feyenoord faced many personnel problems in the run-up to the game in Tilburg. Due to injuries and corona cases within the selection, there were only four field players on the reserve bench.
“You should never think about the players who are not there, because you cannot win with them”, said Advocaat, who was particularly pleased with Uros Spajic’s debut. The Serbian defender, taken over from FC Krasnodar, only trained for the first time on Wednesday.
“He played very mature and controlled. That is important, because that’s where the rest is also interested. The players have done well, that may also be said.”