Reactions after Club Brugge - Charleroi

The three points kept at Jan Breydel, we had a talk with José Izquierdo, Sander Coopman, Matthew Ryan, Timmy Simons, Tom De Sutter and coach Michel Preud'homme.

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<strong>Jos&eacute; IZQUIERDO</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;We&#39;re in the right direction&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Jos&eacute; Izquierdo turned the game around with two absolute beauties. &quot;We came back after their opener. We succeeded in turning the game around. That is a great feeling for the group, and a great boost of confidence. We&#39;re on the right track. This game also boosted my confidence and brought some peace. Those were two vital goals, but the win was what mattered today. I already had a good opportunity in the first half, but was unable to finish. I kept my cool, however, and scored in the second half. That&#39;s a great feeling. I kept working hard at training, and showed I was professional both on and off the pitch. So a sense of calm comes with these two goals. I reckon my second goal was even more wonderful. A penatly in the first half? I would have preferred a free kick from just outside the box; I would have given it myself. A penalty would have been for Rafa.&rdquo; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Sander COOPMAN</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Not only I turned the game around&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Sander Coopman came infor the injured Ruud Vormer at half time. The young midfielder brought som very fine actions to the table, and was at the basis of the third goal. &quot;I&#39;m very happy with how I came in. I&#39;m your regular number ten, and my best actions are in the heart of midfield, not on the wings. But today it went surprisingly well. I was fresh coming on, and that can also prove important. Still, I reckon Club was off to a good start of the game, but then conceded the opener with a bout of bad luck. But Club wasn&#39;t taken aback.&nbsp; We reacted well and managed to turn it around. Charleroi is a sturdy team with a solid organisation. You just know that more space will free up in the second half, an&nbsp; you have to make the most of that. I also had a foot in our last goal. I saw how Oulare was free on the left, and he teed up Dierckx to tuck in the 3-1. Today we won this game as a team. Izquierdo scored two, and the third was Tuur&#39;s. Every player is important to this team.&rdquo;<br />
This was the youngster&#39;s third game in Club outfit. &quot;My first game was against Helsinki, when Club played a more cautious game. Today&#39;s game was more important with lots more effort too. Club had to go full speed ahead. Sometimes I have to try and ask the ball a bit more. I&#39;m happy that I played, though, and also with the win. It&#39;s not just I who turned the game around. In Gent I came on 2-0down, and helped securing that draw. Today we conceded a goal again, and I helped in finishing the game 3-1. I make sure I am ready when the coach calls on me.&ldquo; <strong>(MV/KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Mathew RYAN</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;We should start taking the lead too&rdquo;</strong></p>
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With a 1-1 on the score board, Mathew Ryan produced a crucial save, keeping Club from trailing again. &quot;We conceded an opener once again, that&#39;s just so frustrating. We should really try and avoid that in the next five games. We should start taking the lead too. With the exception of our game in Kortrijk, we managed to come back one goal down. When you&#39;re capable of turning such games around, it just shows the confidence in the team. We didn&#39;t play all that bad in the first half, but still were caught cold. After the break, we once again showcased our resilience and character. They came close to scoring the 1-2; I slid twice, but was still able to thwart that shot. That may have been a decisive save. On Saturday, there&#39;s our next game, at Standard de Li&egrave;ge. We need a clean sheet there, but a game in Li&egrave;ge is always tricky. All PO games are, really. We now need to recover as much as we can, and go for a good result ourselves. Let&#39;s hope the results of the other games work in our advantage too.&quot; <strong>(MV/KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Timmy SIMONS</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Substitutes want to make the difference&rdquo;</strong></p>
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An upset seemed in the making when Charleroi opened the score. But in the second half, Club turned the situation around in style. &quot;Unbelievable, we were even off to a good start. We were in control of the game, and Charleroi had only been dangerous two or three times. Still, you know they are so dangerous on the break, and that&#39;s also how they scored the opener. That was quite a shock, though.&nbsp; We had to wait and see how we would go about turning it from a defeat to a win, once again. It wasn&#39;t the first time we were trailing. In the past weeks the same had been the case, it&#39;s a pity we keep going into that road. But then you see that things are just so good in our team. The guys coming in really want to make the difference. They raise the bar and want to show what they&#39;ve got. Today, Izquierdo had some brilliant actions and goals in store.&rdquo; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Tom DE SUTTER</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;It seems like we need to concede a goal before we come into action&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Tom De Sutter was clearly relieved to see how Club Brugge once again went from losing to winning. &quot;It&#39;s a bit of a trademark of ours&quot;, De Sutter was all smiles. &quot;Apparently we first need to concede a goal before we spring into action. We had a difficulty finding some space in a well organised and compact Charleroi, but fortunately Joske (Izquierdo, edit) managed to curl it in twice.&rdquo;<br />
As to his own performance, Tom De Sutter could only be content. &quot;The football we brought today was better than in the past weeks. I went pretty deep myself, but we are two strikers who can rotate constantly.&rdquo;<br />
This is turning out to be a very important week for Blauw-Zwart. Only two days after the neat draw at Gent, a frivolous Charleroi awaited. &quot;It&#39;s vital to be winning these home games. We now can enjoy the result of the clash between AA Gent and Anderlecht in our run-up to Saturday&#39;s clash at Standard de Li&egrave;ge.&rdquo; <strong>(LPD)</strong></p>

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<strong>Michel PREUD&rsquo;HOMME</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Been some time since we last played like this&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Conceding a goal, but still coming out victorious: it&#39;s not a first for Michel Preud&rsquo;homme&#39;s men. &quot;In the first half, we managed to step into the trap they set up. It&#39;s not like we were unfamiliar with their qualities: a speedy transition with players capable of great crosses, such as Tainmont on the left. For the fifth time these play-offs, we conceded a goal in the first thirty minutes. But this time it was Charleroi&#39;s strength that made them score, not by our own weakness.&nbsp; I reckon we played a good first half, though. We tried creating some pace, but it was still too low. Against a team of this calibre, you need to try and find the space they offer. That worked out so much better in the second half. A high pace, sharp actions, it had been some time since we last played like that. What pleases me the most, is that the young players who came in played so well. Sander Coopman in particular was outstanding. That third goal also thrilled me: the combination between those three youngsters (Coopman, Oulare and Dierckx, edit) was so great. Good overview, not going for personal success and excellent finishing.<br />
Ruud Vormer remained in the dressing rooms, but that was mostly due to medical reasons. &quot;Ruud&#39;s calf was stiff at half time. I wanted to bring Sander on anyway instead of one of the central midfielders, and as I heard that Ruud was suffering, choices were easy. I hope we reacted in time, and that he will be ready for our next game.&rdquo;<br />
The win widens the gap with AA Gent and Anderlecht. &quot;We are now halfway, and did our job: three home wins, and a point away from home. But now we need to visit Standard, Anderlecht and Charleroi, that won&#39; be easy. This win, however, allows us to watch tomorrow&#39;s game with a relaxed mind. No matter the score tomorrow, we realise that it&#39;s still all to play for. I don&#39;t know what would be the best result for us. I mainly hope that Charleroi wins its next game (Charleroi is playing Anderlecht on Sunday, edit).&rdquo; <strong>(SF)</strong></p>

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