Feyenoord-trainer Dick Advocate had complained before the cup duel with sc Heerenveen about the fact that the draw for the semifinals was already fixed. After the game, however, the Little General was able to worry about very different things: the stadium club gave away a 1-3 head start in the last ten minutes and already seems to be busy with a lost season.
After the 4-3 defeat in Friesland, Feyenoord is out of the KNVB Cup and the last chance at a grand prize was lost. “This is a contest you should never give out of your hands. You have total control of the game, even the first half”, says Attorney at the end in a conversation with ESPN. “With all due respect, the match was played at 1-3. And then things happen…”
Attorney, when asked, let him know that he was “not angry, but disappointed.” “Disappointed, because they do not do it on purpose. But we lose because of personal mistakes”, he referred among other things to goalkeeper Nick Marsman, who let the ball slip through his gloves in the 3-3 of Benjamin Nygren. “I‘m not going to blame him, because he’s won enough games for us. But this time he didn‘t have his best day.”
Captain Steven Berghuis led the comeback of Heerenveen with a red card, but Lawyer was mild about the left leg. The trainer even praised him for his willingness to sacrifice: Feyenoord chose a tactical concept that made Berghuis constantly forced to join as the left-back Rami Kaib steamed up. “No additional inspector? That’s what the team wanted,” says De Kleine Generaal. “We also discussed that with each other, Steven also wanted to keep the team intact as much as possible. That‘s admirable, because he had to walk a lot. There were other options, but in itself I thought it went well. It had become 1-4, 1-5 earlier than 2-3.”