NAC Breda has ended an already turbulent season in minor: ADO Den Haag eliminated the Bredanaars in the playoffs for promotion/relegation. Trainer Edwin de Graaf is very upset about it.
De Graaf had to take over the baton of the much-discussed Maurice Steijn at the beginning of the season. In the meantime, the necessary takeover problems were playing, mainstays Thom Haye and Ralf Seuntjens left, players Ezechiel Banzuzi and Jeredy Hilterman came into disagreement due to awkward statements and a tumor was detected at De Graaf. “It just hasnt been,” he summarizes in conversation with BN DeStem the season that just ended. “In the end, we were thrilled to make the playoffs. It has been restless on and around the club for a year.”
NAC lost both games against ADO 2-1, but had earned more, according to the trainer. “When you see what opportunities we get and how clumsy we get that goal from the counter, thats typical of the whole year. Of course, you can sink through the ground”, says De Graaf, who likes how NAC stood up without Haye and Seuntjens. “Even then, I felt that without those two, we were better than ADO. We just couldnt convert the odds into goals. And how we get that 1-0 against (Dion Malones own goal, ed.), thats really hard to believe.”
The 2021/2022 season is officially over for NAC. “I gave the players a few days off. After that, we will meet to finish,” says De Graaf. “I also need to let this sink in. Two, three days away from football to unwind. This one will come in, yes.”