Reactions after Club Brugge - Anderlecht

Straight off the pitch, we had a talk with Ruud Vormer, Hans Vanaken, Jelle Vossen and coach Michel Preud’homme.

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<strong>Ruud VORMER</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Go for second place&rdquo;</strong></p>
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With a brilliant stroke from free kick, Ruud Vormer made it 1-1. Unfortunately, a second Club goal did not follow. &ldquo;We created plenty of chances, but 1-1 is not enough.&nbsp; They had two chance, that free kick and that penalty. Horvath saved our skins there, they would have claimed the title otherwise. We did our best, and brought some good football to the table, but it just wouldn&#39;t go in. The audience pushed us on, and they retreated. A lack of precision is all that could have gone better. That Vanaken attempt, for instance. We should keep our cool in front of goal. With the type of players they have, Anderlecht could have brought a bit more, I reckon. Now they just lurked on the break, with Acheampong running past everything and everyone. It&#39;s clear why he was playing, seeing that they only played counter football.&rdquo;<br />
Club&#39;s deserved equaliser was a fantastic free kick by the Dutchman. &ldquo;I knew exactly where I wanted to put that ball. I thought: we&#39;re still going to beat them at that point, that&#39;s what I felt on the pitch. It&#39;s a pity they opened the score, and not us, it allowed them to retreat straight away. When I tried another free kick, they put Kara in the middle of the wall, denying my second attempt.&rdquo;<br />
The draw means Club Brugge will most likely have to settle for second place. &ldquo;A lot can happen in football; we now need two wins, and who knows what might happen. We want to win the league, but in all honesty it will most likely be second place. We were the better team today, but that doesn&#39;t bring us anywhere. We now need to go for that second place. I guess we messed up at the start of the play-offs. There&#39;s always hope, but we need two wins ourselves. It&#39;ll be two interesting games: away at Ostend and at home vs Ghent: that&#39;s always a spectacular game. <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Hans VANAKEN</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Anderlecht got what they came for&rdquo;</strong></p>
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At times, Club pinned Anderlecht against its own goal, but unfortunately that didn&#39;t lead to a range of clear chances. Anderlecht&#39;s defensive grid proved very hard to dismantle. &ldquo;Anderlecht got what it came for, they clearly did not want to be on the losing side,&rdquo; Hans Vanaken opened his talk. &ldquo;Their organisation was impeccable, and through the long ball they tried to get up front, which paid off in spades. They hardly created chances, but all of a sudden we conceded the opener. We tried to bring the same football to the pitch as we did in the past couple of weeks, with lots of movement, trying to open up the game. It&#39;s a pity that last pass failed too much, keeping us from real chances. When they scored, I jumped when the free kick was given, and the ball went under me and past Ethan (Horvath, edit). Despite the setback, we never panicked, and with combination football we went for the equaliser. We gave it everything to score that second, also in the next 45 minutes, but it didn&#39;t pan out. The gap remains at four points, but we will still go for two wins. You never know in football.&rdquo; <strong>(FDC)</strong></p>

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<strong>Jelle VOSSEN</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Sour&rdquo;</strong></p>
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An industrious Jelle Vossen was taken off with fifteen minutes on the clock, but Wesley, coming on for him, was also unable to break the deadlock. &ldquo;The 1-1 leaves a foul aftertaste. A win would have brought us back to one point, but I reckon that if one team deserved the win today, it was us. From minute 1 we showed we wanted to take things in our hands, and that we desperately wanted the win. That&#39;s also why it&#39;s so painful to only come out with a point. Mathematically anything&#39;s possible, that&#39;s right, but that&#39;s not a thing we should be thinking about right now. We need to continue with the same mentality and try and win the two games that await us. We&#39;ll see where our ship will land. Finding some space was tricky today, as they were very well organised. In the end, we should be happy that they didn&#39;t score that 1-2, with Ethan (Horvath, edit) saving that penalty kick. I don&#39;t think we could have done anything different to try and win this game, but unfortunately we were unable to do so.&rdquo; <strong>(FDC)</strong></p>

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<strong>Michel PREUD&rsquo;HOMME</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;The small details did not work to our advantage&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Lots of fighting power in Michel Preud&rsquo;homme&#39;s outfit, but unfortunately not enough to keep the three points at Jan Breydel. &ldquo;Just like we expected, we played a well organised team, very dangerous on the break. In order to win this game, we needed to pick up on the momentum, and unfortunately we didn&#39;t. Just take a look at that Izquierdo attempt at the start of the game, and the chances for Rotariu and Vanaken in the second half. You know that creating twenty games will not be possible, so you need a bit of efficiency. That saved penalty kick could have been a boost, but there were just too few chances to force things. We were unable to bring even more fire into the game. Even before this game, I already said that the small details did not work to our advantage this season. That penalty kick vs Charleroi at home, and there was also some debate about the game against Zulte Waregem, both not in our favour. That&#39;s a total of four points. But no use crying about that, you just have to come to terms with that.&rdquo;<br />
The way Anderlecht took on the game is not something Club&#39;s coach wanted to address. &ldquo;There&#39;s no use in talking about another team. I know what my board and our fans want to see, so we play our way. Just how another team plays is nothing we should contemplate. Four games down the road, I already said we would first try to make it to Europe. After Gent&#39;s result today, we are still four points ahead, so we will now try to keep hold of that second place.&rdquo; <strong>(SF)</strong></p>

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