RSC Anderlecht - Club Brugge: post-match reactions

After the game at Anderlecht we gathered post-match reactions from Tom De Sutter, Vadis Odjdidja, Timmy Simons, Kehinde Fatai, Maxime Lestienne, Tom Høgli and assistant coach Philippe Clement.

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<strong>Tom DE SUTTER&nbsp;</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;Our objective remains&quot;</strong></p>
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Tom De Sutter was back in action just before the hour-mark after having been out for a month and a half, but couldn&#39;t score a goal against his former team. &quot;We didn&#39;t create a lot of chances. Our final pass or action was poor every single time. It&#39;s not that I want to use it as an excuse but the last couple of weeks we barely had a chance to play with the same team. It was normal to see Fatai in the starting eleven, because I was out for a month and a half and I only trained three times. It would have been difficult for me to start this game.&quot;<br />
Coincidence or not, but since De Sutter&#39;s injury Club Brugge have spilled quite a lot of points. &quot;We know how we have to play. But somethimes we need to show more fighting spirit, fight more battles and put more pressure on the opponent. Sometimes we do that perfectly well, sometimes we don&#39;t do that enough. Our goal was to play more constitently and that&#39;s our goal for the coming weeks. Lestienne isn&#39;t crucial at the moment, but he remains a threat. He weighs on a defence and is always dangerous. You can&#39;t point your finger at him. We need to improve our teamwork and you can see that Meunier has been out three weeks. We didn&#39;t play with the same team a lot and that shows on the pitch.<br />
Club Brugge have the objective to win the championship and that remains up to today.&quot; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Vadis ODJIDJA&nbsp;</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;Not clinical enough in the area of truth&quot;</strong></p>
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Vadis Odjidja can look back on a solid performance but couldn&#39;t propel his team to the victory either. &quot;It was quite the balanced game today. Club had possession and tried to creat danger from the back with good football, but we couldn&#39;t create enough chances. Nor did we get any headers from crosses. You need to create more danger if you want to win at Anderlecht, but in order to do that we had to be more clinical in the area of truth. And we didn&#39;t today. Last week at Lierse we lacked efficiency in front of goal as well. That&#39;s not only the problem of the forwards, that&#39;s a problem of the entire team.&quot;<br />
It was my opinion Gillet was offside when he assisted the first goal, was Odjidja&#39;s opinion after the game. &quot;With that first goal I had the feeling that Gillet was offside when the ball went from his knee to Mitrovic, who scored afterwards. I thought Gillet was offside, but if the linesman doesn&#39;t put up his flag the goal counts. Sometimes details are decisive in big games.&quot; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Timmy SIMONS&nbsp;</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;We can&#39;t spill anymore points&quot;</strong></p>
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Timmy Simons regretted the defeat at Anderlecht. &quot;Losing 2-0 is always a disappointment. Especially if you drop the points at a rival&#39;s place. We tried to hurt Anderlecht by switching quickly from defence to offence. That worked out well a couple of times but we were too hasty most of the times. We should have done better. Just before half-time Anderlecht took the lead after winning the ball when we cleared a textbook situation. During half-time we were ordered to put more pressure on the opponent and that result in a huge chance for J&oslash;rgensen. If that had gone in, we would have had a completely different game. In the second half we tried everything to turn things round. I had the feeling we could get the equaliser but unfortuately the opposite happened. From now on every game is vitally important and we can&#39;t spill too many points anymore.&quot; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Kehinde FATAI&nbsp;</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;Determined to work hard for the team&quot;</strong></p>
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Kehinde Fatai was handed a league fixture starting spot for the first time. Not coincidentally against Anderlecht, the team he scored against in this season&#39;s first round. &quot;I&#39;m standing here with mixed feelings. Yesterday I was informed I would be in the starting eleven. It had been a while since I played and thus I was determined to work hard for the team. We tried everything today to get three or at least one point, but we made too many mistakes in our attacking play. I played for an hour today, but I want to be on the pitch more often. More minutes and, especially, another goal would mean a lot to me.&quot; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Maxime LESTIENNE&nbsp;</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;Our passing wasn&#39;t good enough&quot;</strong></p>
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Maxime Lestienne tried to find breaches in the Anderlecht defence but there wouldn&#39;t a lot of clear-cut chances to write down. &quot;It was very difficult to create chances. Our passing up front wasn&#39;t good enough and then it&#39;s always difficult to create chances. We now need to continue to work hard. We still have a handful of games before we start Play-Off 1. Standard are now ten points in front, but it will only be five once the totals are halved. Everything is still possible.&quot; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Tom H&Oslash;GLI&nbsp;</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;Each point matters now</strong><strong>&quot;</strong></p>
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Tom H&oslash;gli ran his longs out on the right-hand side but Club left the pitch empty-handed nevertheless. &quot;We had hoped to take the three points back to Brugge and it could have been possible. But we weren&#39;t clinical enough in front of goal, eventhough we had prepared well for this game. The coach opted for Fatai to create danger in the back of the Anderlecht defence, but that tactical plan didn&#39;t work out as we had hoped it would. In the first half we didn&#39;t play good at all, which went better in the second half. Due to this loss each point matters now before the start of the Play-Offs. Next week&#39;s home game game against Mons will be crucial.&quot; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Philippe CLEMENT</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;This game was screaming for a 0-0 draw&quot;</strong></p>
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With Michel Preud&#39;homme suspended and in the stands Philippe Clement addressed the press afterwards. Contrary to the game in the first round, when Club won 4-0 under the command of Clement, the assistant coach drew the short straw today. &quot;It wasn&#39;t a good game. Not only because of the result but mainly because our lack of quality. Actually this game was screaming for a 0-0 draw. There were only a few chances so it&#39;s quite painful to concede two goals. Especially if both goals are questionable. I haven&#39;t seen the highlights of the game just yet but the players were sure the first goal should have been chalcked off for offside. We were positioned well but we didn&#39;t put enough pressure on the opponent and let Anderlecht hold the ball. At half-time we made some changes and we started to dominante in the second half, but we made the wrong decissions once we were getting near the Anderlecht goal. That&#39;s the main reason why Michel has asked the club to bring in a new offensive player. Nevertheless we are happy with Tom (De Sutter) having returned from injury because he is of great value.&quot;<br />
It was a big surprise to see Kehinde Fatai in Club&#39;s starting eleven. &quot;Kenny has been training exceptionally the last few weeks and showed he is ready. He is a player with a lot of pace and depth and it was our goal to make use of the space in the back of the Anderlecht defence, but unfortunalty we couldn&#39;t get the ball there as often as we would like.&quot; <strong>(SF)</strong></p>

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