Reactions after AA Gent - Club Brugge

After the draw at AA Gent, we gathered some post-game reactions by Oscar Duarte, Claudemir, Ruud Vormer, Tom De Sutter, Mathew Ryan, coach Michel Preud'homme and CEO Vincent Mannaert.

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<strong>Oscar DUARTE</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Came back when it seemed all over&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Heading home Vormer&#39;s corner kick, Oscar Duarte chimed in Club&#39;s return, and hailed coach Michel Preud&rsquo;homme part. &ldquo;I&#39;m particularly happy with the team&#39;s performance. It seemed all over for us, but we managed to come back anyway. The team kept its cool. We had a good talk in the dressing room, and you see that the work we put in during the week also pays off. We all do sacrifices for one another. And this brings rewards like today&#39;s point. We are working at training on further strengthening our strongsuits at training, and the standard situations is one of them.&rdquo;<br />
The 2-0 was a setback, but the Costa Rican was very happy with the point in the end. &quot;This is great, it just goes to show how strong our team is mentally, and it&#39;s an incredible boost to the entire group. In the second half, we gave it all we had. That&#39;s also one of our strengths. Under these circumstances, a 2-2 draw is very gratifying. Our coach makes sure we are all ready, so everyone is an important part of this group. Those coming on know exactly what is expected of them and what their missions are. Today&#39;s game goes to show. This is what has brought us this far: substitutes are very eager and never disappointed.&rdquo;<strong> (MDK)</strong></p>

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<strong>CLAUDEMIR</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Fought our way back into the game&rdquo;</strong></p>
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With a well aimed header, Claudemir made sure Club stayed top of the league. &ldquo;A crucial goal indeed, offering us the one point. We shouldn&#39;t be happy with our first half. We conceded two goals, but fought our way towards a draw. I wasn&#39;t the only one saving the team, we all chipped in. Izquierdo produced the perfect assist, I came in and he crossed it with perfect timing. I await my chances. It&#39;s up to the coach to decide whether I play or not. I feel fine, and I keep working for my spot in the team.&ldquo; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Ruud VORMER</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Substitutes changed the game&rdquo;</strong></p>
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With Claudemir coming on for Vazquez, Ruud Vormer played a bit more upfield. The Dutchman was happy with the final result, and with the entrances of Tom De Sutter and Sander Coopman. &ldquo;We were off to an awful start of the first half, maybe also because of that European away game. But in the second half, you started noticing that Gent had used up its powers too, which brought us level, and at times we were even the better team. We were rewarded in the end. Putting pressure was our main worry. One part of the team put pressure, while the other half didn&#39;t. This allowed Gent to play in between the lines. We tried applying higher pressure, but as long as you don&#39;t do it as a team, it&#39;s difficult to impose yourself.&rdquo;<br />
Vormer was also happy with how the substitutes came on. &quot;You can see that they made the difference again today. Tom and Sander brought a bit of freshness to the team, and that made the difference. In the second half, we were positioned in a slightly different way too, which allowed us to have more grip of the game. We now need to keep pushing on, and try to continue along these lines against Charleroi. We&#39;ve been a bit lucky lately, but we also realise that this will not last. We&#39;re still top of the league, however, and we&#39;ll see where our ship strands. Our own performance is what matters right now.&rdquo; <strong>(MDK)</strong></p>

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<strong>Tom DE SUTTER</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Great boost to the entire team&rdquo;</strong></p>
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With twenty minutes on the clock, Tom De Sutter came on for a fatigued Oulare, and had a major share in Club&#39;s revival. &quot;We had a hard time in the first half, with difficulty to find our way into the game, but in the second half we pulled through. We should have taken a more focused start of the game, but when the ball is played around so quickly, it gets harder and harder. We are always one second too late. Coming back from a 2-0, that&#39;s a mental boost. For the entire team. We need to look at what went wrong in the first half too, obviously, but once again we showcased our resilience.&rdquo;<br />
The striker was happy with the way he came on. &ldquo;You have to bring something extra to the table, and now it works out but in other games it won&#39;t. It goes to show that you don&#39;t get anywhere with 11 players, but with the entire selection of 25. It&#39;s important to stay top of the league. We&#39;ve been there for such a long time, and we want to stay there. This gives us the confidence we need to take on Charleroi on Wednesday.&rdquo; <strong>(MDK)</strong></p>

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<strong>Mathew RYAN</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Should learn from our mistakes&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Once again, Club took an early goal, to the despair of Mathew Ryan. &ldquo;Our first half wasn&#39;t okay defense-wise. Keeping a clean sheet ensures at least a 0-0 by the end of the game. We really need to stop trailing. Getting back into the game is so much harder. It&#39;s time we learn from our mistakes. We need to go about things in a different way, and I hope we got the message this time. The way they scored against Kortrijk was similar to how they scored today. We had seen the footage, but to no avail. If you avoid these goals, you might even come and win here. Charleroi will once again be a tough one. We need to try and stay on top. After the break, we played well. We need to turn this around and take on the game in fine spirits, and try to play two good halves.&rdquo;<br />
Once again, the bench pulled its weight in the draw. &quot;We&#39;re getting used to it. De Sutter came in fine, helping us to turn the game around. The Starting XI and the bench are both important. The World Cup Final was also decided by G&ouml;tze, a player who had come on. Every player, be it on the bench or not, pulls his weight and has his value. Izquierdo produced a fine assist teeing up Claudemir and Silva played a massive game at right back. He featured at the World Cup, and has been a regular in La Liga for years.&rdquo; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Michel PREUD&rsquo;HOMME</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Vital that those who don&#39;t play everything are ready when given the chance&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Michel Preud&rsquo;homme saw a two-faced Club Brugge. Poor in the first half, hard working in the second. &quot;We took on the game in bad spirits. Gent started out great: focused, quick and powerful in duels. We arrived at the scene too late time and time again. And when we had the chance to create danger, we weren&#39;t fresh enough to make the right decisions. A first half we need to put behind us quickly. After the coffee we tried ruffling things, and finished with a great performance. That&#39;s quite a feat, given the game we played on Thursday. The same went for our game against Anderlecht. I&#39;m very happy with the mentality we showed in the second half. In Kortrijk, we swallowed two early goals too, but were never able to get back up again. It&#39;s vital to be taking points away from home too. Every point counts in these play-offs.&rdquo;<br />
Club&#39;s coach had some words of praise for individual performances too. &ldquo;Last week against Anderlecht, Oulare turned it around for us, while today De Sutter proved vital in leveling the score. I should also mention Gato Silva: he was forced to start at right back, a position he&#39;s not used too, but he did very well, and gave everything he had. Perfect. I really love that mentality. Claudemir played well between the lines, and Sander Coopman also brought something when coming in, even under these circumstances. It&#39;s vital to our team that those who don&#39;t always get the chance to play are ready when called upon.&rdquo;<br />
There won&#39;t be a lot of time for recuperation for Blauw-Zwart, as on Wednesday Charleroi will be making its way to Jan Breydel, and on Saturday, Club travels to Standard de Li&egrave;ge. &ldquo;This week will be very hard. Charleroi on Wednesday, Standard de Li&egrave;ge on Saturday. That will be very important. After that, we have the same rhythm as the other teams. In the past weeks, we had two games every week, which kept us from training our usual playing style.&rdquo; <strong>(SF)</strong></p>

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<strong>Vincent MANNAERT</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Fight until the end&rdquo;</strong></p>
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CEO Vincent Mannaert had some words of praise for the team. Having just hacked a midweek European game, the team came back from 2-0 behind and stays on top of the league. &quot;You know it&#39;s going to be hard when you concede that second goal, particularly after that game on Thursday. But once again the team showed resilience and fought its way back into the game. With De Sutter in, we won more dules. Sander Coopman also showed he&#39;s a youngster with lots of potential. The level of freshness will be a deciding factor in these play-offs. Every player plays his role and has his value. We already showed our resilience in our game against Anderlecht. We drew level and even went over them in the end. When we scored that 2-1, I know a point was in the cards.&rdquo;<br />
Mannaert offered his views on the rest of the play-offs. &ldquo;With six games to go, Gent is now two points behind. They have their qualities, and with fewer games on the clock. With Simon, they have added another fit player. It will be a fight until the end. On Wednesday, there&#39;s the game against Charleroi. They gave Standard a run for their money, and gave us a hard time twice too. It&#39;s a good team with a good collective spirit. I just returned from our dressing room, and the atmosphere was good, everyone was happy with the point. No sign of euphoria, however, some players were even reflecting on how Club conceded two goals so quickly. Our main priority was to hold on to that first spot after Thursday&#39;s game. Conceding two goals and still coming back? I tip my hat for that.&rdquo; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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