Reactions after Club Brugge - Genk

At the conclusion of the game against Genk, our web team had a talk with Ruud Vormer, Davy De fauw, Lior Refaelov, Nikola Storm, Mathew Ryan and coach Michel Preud'homme.

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<strong>Ruud VORMER</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Kept going after that opener&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Ruud Vormer has been in great form lately, showcased by his second league goal for Club. &ldquo;The only thing that counts is the points. We had a tough time in the first half. I reckon I deserved a penalty too, that player just jumped on me. It was Genk that earned a spot kick, and took the lead, though. I thought: what&#39;s happening? But we kept going after their opener. Club is oozing maturity these days. We took control of the game, and scored the equaliser just before half time. In the second half, we brought more movement to the table and we managed to get that last pass right. I was lucky when I scored, putting pressure on the player in possession; he literally just handed me the ball, and I put it in the far corner.&rdquo;<br />
Despite Vazquez unavailable, Club played an excellent second half: &quot;You do miss Vazquez, he&#39;s a great player. But Refaelof is excellent too. Club has a broad selection, and we have options. There&#39;s a lot of experience in this group with people like De fauw and Meunier in the back. It makes it easier on the midfield to play. Those players push you forward. It&#39;s great to be playing like this, and it&#39;s running perfectly at Club. It&#39;s a pity, though, that I conceded my fifth yellow, making me miss out on Lierse. That&#39;s going to be a sturdy game. Back in Holland, the smaller teams try to find a solution through good football, over here they are a bit more physical.&rdquo; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Lior REFAELOV</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Still a very long way to go&ldquo;</strong></p>
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With Victor Vazquez out on injury, Lior Refaelov took his place in the centre of midfield. His goal helped Club sail past a fiesty Genk. &ldquo;It wasn&#39;t a surprise really, that I ended up in Victor&#39;s position. I used to play there. I reckon we made up for his absence quite well, even if I do hope he&#39;ll be back as soon as possible. It just goes to show just how important a broad selection is&rdquo;, Club&#39;s Israeli noted. &ldquo;We knew this was going to be a tough cookie, as Genk has a very solid organisation, the team with the least goals conceded. They gave us a hard time in the first half, but fortunately we showed great mentality when they opened the score. At half time, the coach gave us some directions on how to play between the lines and make the most of the space we were offered. I&#39;d like to emphasize the importance of Ruud (Vormer, edit). When Vadis (Odjidja, edit) left, we were looking for a true box-to-box player, and in Ruud we finally found one. He pulls in great performances, and he&#39;s vital when it comes to assists and goals.&rdquo;<br />
When asked who will stop this Club, Refaelov had a diplomatic reply in store. &ldquo;The road ahead is still very long. We&#39;re only halfway, and then there&#39;s the play-offs. So much can happen still. This was a vital win, though, as we keep the gap at four points. This way we managed to live up to our three main goals (title, Cup and European Spring). We just have to keep working hard, we&#39;ll see where it will lead us...&rdquo; <strong>(MV)</strong></p>

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<strong>Davy DE FAUW</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Game at Lierse just as important&ldquo;</strong></p>
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Bringing down Thomas Buffel in the box, Davy De fauw was at the basis of Genk&#39;s opener, but he once again helped Club in getting past the visitors with an excellent performance. &quot;I can&#39;t deny that it&#39;s great to be playing football these days. We&#39;re in a great flow, and our stats and figures are growing more impressive by the day. Even after that 0-1, we never panicked and kept our cool. The equaliser came with great timing, and gave us a great feeling at half time. You just know the crowd is going to get behind you. Which happened, helping us in playing one of the best second halves of our season. A neat win, definitely, but the game at Lierse will be just as important. &rdquo;, the left back realised. He also brushed upon the penalty awarded by the ref: &quot;I thought it was light, to be honest, in particular when you hold it against certain situations the ref decided in their favour. But okay, we all know that Thomas (Buffel, edit) likes looking for contact and tries to stay in possession by leaning backwards. In a reflex you tag at his shirt, so in theory you could give a penalty. But again, I thought it was a bit harsh.&rdquo;<br />
As to the competition with Laurens De Bock, De fauw was clear. &ldquo;I indicated that I wanted to grab my chance, and I think it&#39;s fair to say that I did grab it. I&#39;m also happy with Laurens&#39; return, as we still have a hefty schedule lying ahead of us, so we&#39;ll be needing everyone. It&#39;s great to see that our team doesn&#39;t depend solely on one player, just look at how we replaced Victor by Lior today.&rdquo; <strong>(MV)</strong></p>

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<strong>Mathew RYAN</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Preud&rsquo;homme is a clever coach&quot;</strong></p>
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Getting a hand to Mboyo&#39;s penalty first, Mathew Ryan was chanceless in the rebound. Club&#39;s Australian goalie was happy with today&#39;s win. &quot;Kudos to our team, we passed a serious test today. Sad, though, that it wasn&#39;t a clean sheet&quot;, Ryan opened. &quot;A frustrating penalty, really. The player wanted to outsmart me, but I stayed put. I managed to save it, but he scored anyway in the rebound. No one in our team was quick enough to beat him to the ball. At half time, our coach said that this type of games calls for a bit more effort to make it go your way. And so we did. In the tactical build-up towards the game, our coach had also indicated that they take a lot of risk in the back. When Ruud scored, I ran towards the bench to tell him that this is the type of things that make the difference. Preud&rsquo;homme just knows the ins and outs of this game, pointing us towards the important stuff. He&#39;s a really clever coach.&rdquo;<br />
Ryan noted that Club keeps performing well, despite the absence of Vazquez. &ldquo;Vazquez wasn&#39;t available, a vital pawn in Club&#39;s game. But we all chip in to take over. Ruud is also growing in his role. He&#39;s a smart player, and he plays along great with Simons. Applying forward pressure, he scores the odd goal too. We need to keep working hard, and keep our foot on the throttle. We now have a game in store at Lierse. It promises to be another thriller, as they suffered a major defeat this weekend, and will want to show something to their fans. After that, we get some rest. I only had two days&#39; of rest so far. We are taking on three competitions, and with the succesion of the games, the time just flies by.&rdquo; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Nikola STORM</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Crucial 1-1 right at half time&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Nikola Storm entered the team at right wing. A lacklustre first half was followed up with an impressive second. &quot;This wasn&#39;t our best first half&quot;, Nikola explains. &quot;Also because Genk didn&#39;t allow us to play our usual game, applying high pressure. A penalty chimed in the 0-1, and we knew it was going to be harder than what we thought. Scoring that 1-1 just at half time was crucial. It may be with a bit of luck that we scored the 2-1 after Kara&#39;s fumble, but after that we showed what we&#39;re really worth, and booked a very well-deserved victory. It took some puzzling in the first half, with Vazquez not available, but after that, we took matters in hand with a great 4-1 result. We know keep Anderlecht at four points, but we still have one mission at Lierse before the break. .&rdquo; <strong>(FDC)</strong></p>

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<strong>Michel PREUD&rsquo;HOMME</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Asked for more passion at half time&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Michel Preud&rsquo;homme saw a two-faced Club Brugge today. Looking for an opening in the first half, and thrilling in the second. &quot;I expected a difficult game, and it turned out to be just that. Genk plays an organised game, boasting some individual quality. Their first half was also more offensive than in earlier weeks. Furthermore, we couldn&#39;t find our way into the game in the first half. We had been training tactically this week, but in the first half I didn&#39;t see anything we had trained on in the week. I also missed some passion. Storm and Gedoz started out too timidly. At half time, I repeated the game plan, asking for more passion and more willingness to win this game. And we did. We found it easier to find the free man and put good high pressure. What pleased me the most, is the great reaction our team had against a strong visiting side. Every now and then, you just have to do your job and win the game. But sometimes it takes that bit of extra, and that&#39;s what we saw today.&rdquo;<br />
Posting Lior Refaelov in Victor Vazquez&#39; place, the coach tried to deal with the latter&#39;s absence. &ldquo;With his hard shot, Gedoz can also be very important in the heart of midfield, but when you play a well organised team, you need someone vivid and quick. So I went for Refaelov.&rdquo;<br />
Ruud Vormer also pulled in a massive performance. &quot;Ruud has found his position. You sometimes need to sign playes who have the potential to bring something to the table, and he&#39;s the perfect example. Ruud used to be a player who plays some lateral football, but now he&#39;s very offensive, a great infiltrator and poses a lot of threat. He has added a new dimension to his game. Whether he can be compared to Vadis Odjidja? I think Vadis was more powerful, but Ruud has other qualities. He&#39;s also a very clever player, forming the perfect pair with Timmy. But it&#39;s not just them. Meunier for instance has helped in taking a leading role, taking up his responsibility just like the rest of the team.&rdquo;<br />
The win puts Club Brugge four points clear of Anderlecht. The gap is not an obsession, though. &ldquo;We try to go our own way. I only want to be top of the league as we take on the play-offs.&rdquo; <strong>(SF)</strong></p>

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