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    Quote Originally Posted by MadScientist View Post
    Epic match! Once again El Boutchatoui and Van Persie showing their importance! By the way, what a great form of Bijlow goalkeeper, im counting an 9-8-8 form, being two of them against Ajax. Botteghin 12 tackles won and 10 key tackles
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    Euphoria over, back to reality

    After two consecutive midweek games against Ajax (and especially after the exhausting Cup match!) several of our players were in need of rest while St.Juste, Bottegin and Berghuis are all suspended.

    Toornstra, Van Persie and Janmaat were not fit enough to play while Clasie, Malacia and Larsson are all less than 100% fit so they started out on the bench. And finally, Van Beek is barely fit but he still had to play for 45 minutes.

    The result was almost predictable...


    An early goal by Vilhena was very quickly cancelled out by a powerful header by Mlapa, but after those initial ten minutes the game was hardly worth remembering.

    Verdonk, Tapia, El Bouchataoui, Ayoub and even Sinisterra all played well enough. Tapia was even named Man of the Match, but as a whole our lads clearly suffered of hangover after the big midweek games against Ajax.

    And so we dropped two points in a game we will quickly try and forget.
    Spoiler!

    Both PSV and Ajax did win their league games, although Ajax clearly struggled as well. Gravenberch (16) scored the winning goal for our rivals.






    Spoiler!

    So we finally have some days of much-needed rest now before we have to play Heerenveen away. We do need the season well!

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    PSV is having a great season. It's not often I see a AI controlled team do so well.

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    That might be the end of the challenge for second. 6 points +goal difference behind might be too much at this late stage.

    I think you are still on for a good season whether you win the cup or not. As CMCZ says, PSV have had a phenomenal season and you are going to be closer to Ajax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    That might be the end of the challenge for second. 6 points +goal difference behind might be too much at this late stage.

    I think you are still on for a good season whether you win the cup or not. As CMCZ says, PSV have had a phenomenal season and you are going to be closer to Ajax.
    I fully agree, but winning the Cup would make the season a lot better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    That might be the end of the challenge for second. 6 points +goal difference behind might be too much at this late stage.

    I think you are still on for a good season whether you win the cup or not. As CMCZ says, PSV have had a phenomenal season and you are going to be closer to Ajax.

    Agree with Kingsley on 2nd

    Shame as you did enough to win this one - thier keeper had a cracker of a day though

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    A decent draw at the Abe Lenstra Stadium

    It's usually not easy for any team to beat SC Heerenveen at the Abe Lenstra Stadium so after having been down 2-1 in the second half we were actually content to start the long return trip to Rotterdam with at least the one point in the bag.



    We played quite well and Sam Larsson, who is at the top of his form, scored the opener with a low drive after Hahn had initially beaten the ball away. But Heerenveen are still in the race for European football and with the support of the home crowd they equalised some ten minutes before half-time when Höegh scored after an arrowed corner by Floranus.

    And the second half did not start so well for us, either, because just after the break Mihajlovic scored with a low right-footed drive. We had to do something now and so we made our usual double substitution and we brought on Van Persie and El Bouchataoui, counting once again on El Bouchataoui's creative passing and Van Persie's propensity for scoring goals.

    And the goal eventually came, but it wasn't Van Persie's. Instead, Malacia passed the ball into the area and El Bouchataoui, who was roaming forward unmarked, scored the equaliser with a superb low drive!



    With a bit of luck we could even have won today, but there were no more goals and to be honest, a draw away against Heerenveen is not to be sniffed at. And of course it's great to have El Bouchataoui delivering again!
    Spoiler!

    PSV defeated NAC, who are still at the very bottom of the league table, while Ajax may continue to struggle but they also won again. This time it was Daley Blind who scored the single goal they needed to beat Fortuna Sittard.






    Spoiler!

    We will play De Graafschap at De Kuip next. After these two draws this is a home game which we really need to win in order to get back to winning ways.

    As to the title race, PSV may be the favourites but they still have to play Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena so anything can actually still happen.

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    Not a day for Bijlow to remember, but I guess that the focus is now fully on the cup.

    I know that Clasie is one of your faves, but he hasn't set the bulb fields on fire this season
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Not a day for Bijlow to remember, but I guess that the focus is now fully on the cup.

    I know that Clasie is one of your faves, but he hasn't set the bulb fields on fire this season
    You might say that Clasie, as a defensive midfielder, has already been eclipsed by Jordy Wehrman. He is now playing as central midfielder and his competition for that position is El Bouchataoui. So nobody is guaranteed a starting place, not even Jordy Clasie.

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    Oof, two draws after that amazing cup win. Definitely writing off the top 2 this season but it does give you something to build on for next season.

    Let's go out and win the cup instead

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    Deserved draw in the end but that's 2nd place gone

    HUGE gap from 4th placed team to top 3

    Still think RVP should be starting more games up top

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    A good win against De Graafschap

    We played De Graafschap with Geertruida (for St.Juste) and with El Bouchataoui (for Clasie) and with Robin van Persie in our starting lineup and we won the match with El Bouchataoui netting an important goal for the second time in a row!



    We need to get back into winning ways if we want to be ready for the Cup Final so were very keen to win the match and once more it was Sam Larsson who showed our lads the way by scoring the early opener after a superb pass by Vilhena into the area!

    We created more chances in the first half and Vilhena in particular almost scored with a powerful shot from just outside the box, but Jurjus saved and deflected the ball clear.

    We realised very well that we needed more goals so in the second half we brought on Jørgensen for Van Persie, who was more or less anonymous in the first half. But when we finally did score that second goal it wasn't Jørgensen who scored. Instead, it was our other winger, Steven Berghuis, who doubled our lead with a header after a perfect Vilhena corner.

    The game seemed to peter out after that second goal, until Nijholt unexpectedly gave De Graafschap a lifeline. However, much to our relief El Bouchataoui(!) scored the deciding goal just seven minutes later after a smart one-two with Tonny Vilhena.


    Once again, El Bouchataoui scored and once again, Larsson delivered, but it was Tonny Vilhena with his three assists who was named Man of the Match.
    Spoiler!

    In Eindhoven PSV demolished PEC Zwolle in an action-packed nine-goal(!) thriller, while Ajax had to rely on Kaj Sierhuis for goals, what with Dolberg being injured. And Sierhuis delivered for them.






    Spoiler!

    So there are just two league games remaining now and they are not the easiest ones, but we don't want the gap with PSV and Ajax to get any wider. Especially since they will be playing each other at the Amsterdam Arena next!

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    Good win v mid table

    100% on target today!

    Mad how you are averaging 2 goals scored a game but Ajax and PSV at 3!

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    Wouldn't focus on the top 2 now, just keep the squad fit and healthy for the cup final!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Still think RVP should be starting more games up top
    Just like he scored the deciding goal against Ajax in the Semi Final he could make the difference in the Final, which will be Van Persie's last match.


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    Mad how you are averaging 2 goals scored a game but Ajax and PSV at 3!
    That just goes to show how much more individual quality and/or squad depth they have than we do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Wouldn't focus on the top 2 now, just keep the squad fit and healthy for the cup final!
    Agreed. But there is only so much you can do. Anyone can get injured in training, or even during the warming up before the match

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    Is RVP contract expiring then and releasing him? If not, transfer listing him? Any coaching att's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Is RVP contract expiring then and releasing him? If not, transfer listing him? Any coaching att's?
    Yes, his contract expires at the end of this season. So the Cup Final should be his last game as a professional football player.

    However, he has not made up his mind yet about what will come next. So in theory player/coach is still an option.

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    A good win over ten-man Willem II

    Sometimes a game is quickly decided. This time it was an early goal followed by a red card and a penalty which decided the match.



    We had Jørgensen start as striker again and after Larsson had already missed a good opportunity to score Jørgensen found the net with an excellent header. Four minutes later the match was decided when Woud clipped the feet of Larsson in the area and he was sent off and a penalty was awarded. Larsson himself stepped up and scored from the spot!

    Now we thought the match was decided, but Avdijaj thought differently. Just before half-time he skipped past Berghuis and dribbled past Geertruida and scored a fantastic goal to give Willem II a lifeline!

    In the second half we tried to score a quick third goal but Jørgensen, who played brilliantly, was unlucky when he hit the post and Willem II defended well. So it seemed as if the match would end in a narrow 1-2 victory for us when El Bouchataoui did what he is good at: He hit the ball ahead of Tonny Vilhena in the area. Vilhena moved quickly and he lost his man and tried a half volley and found the net for the ninth time this season!

    A couple of minutes later Jørgensen also found the net again, this time with a fierce shot from a narrow angle. And so we won the game by a big margin after all!

    Our lads are on fire now and very eager to win each and every game. Nicolai Jørgensen was named Man of the Match.
    Spoiler!


    PSV win the Eredivisie again

    In Amsterdam PSV won the title by holding Ajax to a 0-0 draw in a match with an avalanche of yellow cards. And it was a match which Ajax should have won, only they failed to find the net.



    Spoiler!

    One final game remaining, and then it's the KNVB Cup Final!!

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    Solid win to build up for the cup final, even if Willem II almost gave it to you. No failures and everyone played their part.
    Do you now rest players to ensure your strongest 11 does not get injured before the final ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Solid win to build up for the cup final, even if Willem II almost gave it to you. No failures and everyone played their part.
    Do you now rest players to ensure your strongest 11 does not get injured before the final ?
    I believe it's worth taking a little risk. It's important to keep that mental state, the winning run!

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    Flattering win looking at stats and they had 10 men as well

    But you deffo deserved the 3 points

    Good to keep spirits up but surely a risk to play "big guns" before final but a week is enough to recover from any fitness issues - just injury/suspension worries depending if you get a mad ref!

    Draw killed Ajax in the end for title - nice for PSV to win it on Ajaz's ground tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Flattering win looking at stats and they had 10 men as well

    But you deffo deserved the 3 points

    Good to keep spirits up but surely a risk to play "big guns" before final but a week is enough to recover from any fitness issues - just injury/suspension worries depending if you get a mad ref!

    Draw killed Ajax in the end for title - nice for PSV to win it on Ajaz's ground tho


    We won't take any risks against FC Utrecht (we told them: no cards allowed!) but we do need to show them that we are part of the Big Three and they aren't. Especially since it's a home game for us.

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    Feyenoord convincingly defeat FC Utrecht

    With both of our wingers at the top of their form we convincingly won our final Eredivisie game of the 2018-2019 season!



    We did what we had to do. We grabbed FC Utrecht by the throat and never let go! And it's rather telling that our wingers scored all of our goals.

    Steven Berghuis scored his tenth goal of the season when he got free in the penalty area and found the net with the assist from Tonny Vilhena. And Berghuis then went on to provide the assist for Larsson who jinked past Gavorey and scored his eleventh goal of the season!

    In the second half we made two substitutions as we brought on El Bouchataoui for Clasie and Van Persie for Jørgensen. And within six minutes that substitution paid off as El Bouchataoui centred the ball from the right after a one-two with Janmaat and Berghuis found the net with a simple finish!!

    We were looking near unbeatable and we could have been even more clinical today, but we coasted through the remainder of the second half to save energy for the Cup Final and our fans did not mind at all!

    Three goals and a clean sheet, no cards and no injuries! Just what the doctor ordered! And Steven Berghuis, with his two goals and his assist, was named Man of the Match.
    Spoiler!

    And so we ended the Eredivisie season well. And with PSV dropping points we can be content with the ten-point gap between the Champions and us. That gap has been narrowed by seven points since last season, when Van Bronckhorst was still in charge. And we've just about crossed no man's land!






    And as was to be expected, NAC Breda have been relegated, while FC Emmen and Excelsior will have to battle through the play-offs for their final chance of a place in the Eredivisie again next season.


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