Sunday 28 April 2013 18:06

Reactions after Club Brugge - Anderlecht

The win against Anderlecht was completed with reactions by Lestienne, Donk, Hoefkens, Jørgensen, Kujovic and coach Garrido.

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<strong>Maxime LESTIENNE</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Extra motivation from our enthusastic fans&rdquo;</strong></p>
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With two thrilling goals, Maxime Lestienne paved the way for Club&#39;s win versus Anderlecht: fifteen minutes into the game, he clearheadedly tucked in the opener, only to score a second an hour later with a brilliant left-footed stroke. &ldquo;We opted for the break to make the most of the agiility of Bacca, Refaelov and myself. The start of the game proved difficult, but that first goal boosted our confidence. To boot, our enthusiastic fans provided us with the extra motivation to keep going. Two goals against Anderlecht, that&#39;s always nice, but more than that it was a great team effort. Vladan (Kujovic, edit) also pulled in a great performance. We had full confidence in him, and he neatly saved Mbokani&#39;s penalty. This was a crucial win on our way up in the table.&rdquo;<br />
These two goals bring Lestienne&#39;s total to 15 this season. &quot;The coach has shown he believes in me, so I try to prove every week that he made the right choice. It&#39;s been going well this season, but I feel that I still make progress week by week.&rdquo; <strong>(SF)</strong></p>

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<strong>Ryan DONK</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Dedicate this win to our loyal legion&ldquo;</strong></p>
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Setting Maxime Lestienne on the way to the opener, Ryan Donk was key to Club&#39;s win. It clearly pleased the Dutchman, even if he was not all that happy with the yellow card he conceded, sidelining him for two games: &ldquo;There&#39;s not a lot I can say about that yellow card, as I did touch im. But in the situation prior to that card, I was brought down by Suarez myself, and he did not get booked. That was what I told the ref. Of course it&#39;s sad I get to miss out on the games against Lokeren and Standard now. But it&#39;s just how our season ticks, I guess. I don&#39;t think we played with a set team so far this season. Luck is treating us badly in that department. As to today&#39;s game, I think we can be satisfied. It was important to be scoring that early opener. Especially as Anderlecht was better in that period of the game. After the 1-0 we were able to play a more compact game, and the way we shifted from defense to attack went perfectly too, allowing us to make the most of the free space. Max (Lestienne, edit) was all too eager to get into that space and kill it off. Still, we almost lost out on the three points, but fortunately Vladan (Kujovic, edit) avoided further damage. I&#39;m particularly happy and proud as he has been training on that a lot in the past week&rdquo;. When asked whether Club can now start dreaming about winning it all, Donk remained level-headed. &ldquo;This victory brings us to two points of Anderlecht. We have done a great job when it comes to European football, but to be dreaming about the title woudl be a bit too much. We shouldn&#39;t sport the idea right now.&quot; The Dutchman also had some words of praise for the fans. &ldquo;The atmosphere today was massive. Maybe the sun had something to do with it too. But in all fairness, our fans back us in each and every game. It&#39;s up to us to thank them with actions on the pitch. I dedicate this win to our loyal legion.&rdquo; <strong>(MV)</strong></p>

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<strong>Carl HOEFKENS</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Emotional game&ldquo;</strong></p>
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Carl Hoefkens&#39; last appearance from kick-off dating four months ago, the defender was &#39;hot&#39; in the mixed zone: &ldquo;This was an emotional game for me, as my last game for Club was already four months ago. It&#39;s not all that obvious to be returning in a home game against Anderlecht. That is why I am so relieved and very very happy with this win. But also that I have been able to show what I&#39;ve got. First of all to myself, but also to Belgium, and finally to Club Brugge that they can still count on me&rdquo;, Hoefkens started out. &ldquo;Anderlecht started out fiercely, but we had taken that into account. They were unable to create chances. Leaving the ball to them was a tactical choice, as we knew we could do damage on the break through both Bacca and Lestienne. And our plan paid off. We only forgot to kill the game earlier in the second half. Their 2-1 made things really tense, and you saw that our group still misses a sense of maturity. On the other hand, we played with big heart and lots of commitment, and you see that the details start going your way. As to the penalty situation: at first I was pretty angry that we just couldn&#39;t keep the ball in our ranks, but when Mbokani was putting the ball on the spot, I had full faith in Vladan. That was not the only time the ref&#39;s decision was debatable: I still do not know why I was booked. I reckon it was a fair tackle, nothing wrong there. The fact that I miss out on two games konw, is a bitter pill to swallow. I also wanted to help Club win that European ticket. Whether Garrido will be able to line up a good team? Of course, Club harbours a lot of talent. Still, with Ryan (Donk, edit) and Oscar (Duarte, edit) also sidelined, it will be a handful for the coach. When I return, there are still two more games to be played, and I hope our season will end on a positive note. Even if I fully realise that we have to count on others.&rdquo; <strong>(MV)</strong></p>

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<strong>Jesper J&Oslash;RGENSEN</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;Won as a team&quot;&nbsp;</strong></p>
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Jesper J&oslash;rgensen once again confirmed his starting spot in midfield. &quot;It was a tight and exciting game. At first, Anderlecht mastered midfield, making it hard to get in the game. But our first chance proved golden. That goal helped us get back in the game. Lestienne scored two, and once again showed how remarkable a player he is. Everyone did a good job today, also Almeb&auml;ck performed well. Today we won as a team. When Vladan saved that penalty, I was happy, but that penalty should never have come. These are three important points, but the same goes for any other PO game. We take it one game at a time, as the table changes week after week. Just stay calm and work hard for every game, that&#39;s our task. With the many suspensions, more new players will be lined up, but I&#39;m sure they will also do a great job. We&#39;ll definitely miss our captain Donk, but we will have to cope with that too.&quot;<strong> (KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Vladan KUJOVIC&nbsp;</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;Victory is a team achievement&quot; </strong></p>
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Proving the better of Mbokani&#39;s penalty, Vladan Kujovic made sure Club earned its first home win in these play-offs. &quot;Taking the entire game into account, there was not that much I needed to do. But today&#39;s win is a true team achievement. The team showed maturity. We missed out on the three points in the last encounter with Anderlecht, which proved as extra motivation for today. When they were awarded a penalty kick, it looked like a 2-2 was in the making, just like in the league. It&#39;s a matter of keeping your cool, and see how Mbokani reacts and wants to take it. As a keeper, you need to pick the right corner, and you also need a bit of luck. I saved it, but that&#39;s all that was to it. At this point we are still nowhere; it&#39;s good we got the three points against Anderlecht, but four finals await now. We can celebrate today, but on Tuesday we need to get ready for the next home game, vs Lokeren. We need another three-pointer, or today&#39;s win won&#39;t have meant a thing. Club is still growing in these play-offs, and this first home win is a boost we can take towards the next four games. Congratulations to the team for this win. As a group, we have grown, and the atmosphere in the dressing rooms is improving, I can still see we are making progress. Some players will be out suspended in the coming games, but there are other players to take up the gauntlet. Hoefkens e.g. did a great job, we are all ready for this.&quot; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Juan Carlos GARRIDO</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Players showed the required fighting spirit&rdquo;</strong></p>
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A jubliant Juan Carlos Garrido after his team&#39;s 2-1 win over Anderlecht. &ldquo;We are very happy with these three points. The team has worked very hard, and today we showed the fighting spirit I wanted to see. With al the injuries and suspensions, that is what we need to do: fight for every ball and work together. Our focus was on our defensive work today, and try to do something on the break. That way we created a number of fine chances, but unfortunately we did not succeed in making the most of them. Anderlecht pushed us back by the end of the game: they have some great offensive players, but fortunately we held on to the three points. Back in the race? IF that penalty would have gone in, we would have been the butt of criticism again. The players would have been bad, the coach would have been clueless, you name it. This win doesn&#39;t mean everything&#39;s perfect all of a sudden either. We just take it one week at a time.&rdquo;<br />
It was a bit of a surprise to see Hoefkens back from kick-off. &ldquo;I told Carl yesteday he would be playing. He&#39;s the ideal player to be working with. He always gives it 100% and deserved the chance to play this clash. When Meunier fell out, I posted Almeb&auml;ck on the right as I wanted someone who could stick to Suarez. Hoefkens would also have been an option, but he pulled his weight in the heart of defense, and we needed him there to lead defense. It&#39;s a pity Carl and Donk are out for the following games. We&#39;ll see just how serious Meunier&#39;s injury is, but it&#39;s not looking all that good. We&#39;ll be missing out on a number of players next week, and it will be a bit of a puzzle again.&rdquo; <strong>(SF)</strong></p>

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