VVV-Venlo is relieved after the victory over FC Den Bosch (4-2) in the first round of the cup tournament. The Limburgers thus recovered from Saturday’s historic 0-13 defeat against Ajax in the Eredivisie.
Van Crooij: ‘I thought for a moment: it won’t be, is it?’
The big question was whether VVV would take revenge on Tuesday after the record defeat against Ajax. The team from Venlo started the cup match against Den Bosch very difficult and that had everything to do with that painful loss on Saturday.
“In the first half we all played with a bag of sand on our back. It really wasn’t convincing. The moment we score that first goal, you see that we can all play football and then everyone threw everything away”, said goalkeeper Delano van Crooij after the game FOX Sports.
Also trainer Hans de Koning noticed that his team started off with difficulty. “You know how such a match will go after Saturday’s debacle. It is normal that there is uncertainty. People are then looking for confidence, because that has had a major blow.”
Jafar Arias (right) made the liberating 2-1 for VVV. (Photo: Pro Shots)
VVV fell behind just before half-time after Van Crooij let a cross slip from his hands. In the second half, the Eredivisie club turned it around and did not give up that lead anymore.
“I am really happy that we are through”, continued Van Crooij. “That was really the most important thing for us. Last year we lost after penalties from an amateur club (Green Star, ed.). I thought for a moment that 0-1: it won’t be, is it? Fortunately we have our backs straight after the break. “
De Koning: “We did not panic during the break, because we had hardly given anything away. We had to rectify that moment for Delano and that worked. I knew after the break and especially after the 1-1 that it would be all right. . “