Emmen trainer Lukkien: with one leg up, were still alive

FC Emmen had to wait a long time for it, but that only made the first victory of the season more beautiful for trainer Dick Lukkien. โ€œThis gives a very good and satisfied feelingโ€, said Lukkien after the victory over PEC Zwolle (3-2). โ€œEspecially because we won a lot with our own way of playing football. Many had already written us off, but we have now risen with one. Were still alive.โ€

The last victory of Emmen was dated March 7 last year. This season the club from Drenthe was still at zero victories after 22 rounds. โ€œWe played a lot of matches in which the net was not right,โ€ says Lukkien. โ€œThat we can play football, thats obvious. But somewhere we lost it. We touched the bottom, but now were back up. Now we have to come back.โ€ With 9 points Emmen is at the bottom, but the difference with Willem II is reduced to 4 points.

Caner Cavlan, Emmens left-back, had shown his teammates a video of Robin van Persie earlier in the week. โ€œIt was about a conversation Van Persie had with his son,โ€ said Cavlan at ESPN. โ€œHis son was disappointed after he sat a game on the bench, but Van Persie said to him: Do you want to be a loser or a winner? You should always look at yourself and not point at the trainer or at others. I gave it to the boys in the locker room. I dont know if thats what it is, but we have fought hard for this.โ€

Captain Michael de Leeuw sees perspective again for Emmen. โ€œWe still have a long way to go, but its wonderful to win again.โ€

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