Feyenoord trainer Dick Advocaat was disappointed on Sunday from the many physical inconveniences within his selection. The team from Rotterdam drew a 2-2 visit at low flyer RKC Waalwijk.
Berghuis: ‘Three games a week is possible’
Feyenoord was struggling with quite a few physical inconveniences in Waalwijk. João Teixeira, substitute Nicolai Jørgensen and Orkun Kökçü had to be changed, while Bryan Linssen and Bart Nieuwkoop stayed behind in the dressing room as a precautionary measure in view of the busy schedule.
The injury of striker Jörgensen in particular worried Advocaat. The Dane made it 1-1 with a groin injury from close by, while his replacement was already ready from the sidelines.
“Of course Nico does not do it consciously, it is in his body. But we have not benefited from him this season, that is a problem”, Advocaat told Fox Sports.
The lawyer did not want to blame the loss of points on the injuries. “As Feyenoord you just have to win here. But a large number of our players were not in the game at all.”
Feyenoord fell behind twice after the break, but Ridgeciano Haps saved a point for the team from Rotterdam shortly before the end with a nice goal. “Fortunately, we still make a world goal, otherwise you will also lose here”, a gloomy Lawyer.
Berghuis talks in Waalwijk after the draw with RKC. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Feyenoord played on Thursday-evening in Croatia in the Europa League against Dinamo Zagreb (0-0). Captain Steven Berghuis did not want to use the busy schedule as an excuse for the loss of points.
“Physically it is normal to play three games in a week. In the end we just don’t play well enough. We were lagging behind in the second half,” said the attacker.
Earlier this season, Feyenoord also lost points against on paper lesser opponents FC Twente and Sparta Rotterdam (both 1-1). Berghuis was critical of the team after the earlier loss of points, but seemed to hold back on Sunday.
“At the start we had some good attacks, then it just wasn’t good enough anymore. We had to go deep here to make it 2-2.”