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Cocu defiant despite heavy PSV defeat

8 December 2013 16:43

Philip Cocu remains defiant despite PSV falling to their heaviest defeat since March 2012 as they were beaten 6-2 by Vitesse on Saturday.

The 21-time Dutch champions have had a tough start to the season and find themselves 10th in the Eredivisie after seven league games without a win.

It was all square at the break but Stijn Schaars' departure due to injury early in the second half heralded a swing in momentum as first-placed Vitesse scored five goals after the interval.

PSV – who had not conceded six goals at home since a match against Twente 21 months ago – are now 13 points behind the league leaders but Cocu is confident he can turn it around.

"I've seen a team that wants to compete with ambition and experience," he said. "That's the benchmark (and) as long as this exists, I will believe in this team.

"The players gave their all and put in an excellent performance. But we could not convert our chances into goals and conceded a soft opening goal.

"We got back into the game and scored a fully deserved equaliser, but things went from bad worse when Schaars had come off.

"We lost grip in midfield and could not find our rhythm any more. I hoped we could snatch a late draw when (Karim) Rekik had pulled a goal back, but it was all over when we were left to rue another defensive slip.

"Looking at the table, we're where we deserve to be."

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Info

PSV

W L W W W

2 - 6

Competition
Eredivisie
Date
7 December 2013
Game week
16
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
2 - 6
Venue
Philips Stadion (Eindhoven)
Attendance
33000

Goals

0 - 1
38' Lucas Piazon
 (assist by M. Havenaar)
M. Depay 45'+1
(assist by J. Locadia) 
1 - 1
1 - 2
66' M. Havenaar
 (assist by C. Atsu)
1 - 3
75' K. Leerdam
 (assist by Lucas Piazon)
K. Rekik 84'
(assist by J. Locadia) 
2 - 3
2 - 4
85' D. Pröpper
 (assist by P. van Aanholt)
2 - 5
87' P. van Aanholt
 (assist by Lucas Piazon)
2 - 6
90'+3 D. Pröpper
 (assist by P. van Aanholt)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
21
2 64'
13
3 84'
28
8
6
27
17
11
22 45+1'
Coach: P. Cocu
# Player Bookings
22
23
37 60'
5 75'
38 87'
7
30
10 85' 90+3'
14 66'
17 38'
19
Coach: P. Bosz

Substitutes

Friday 12 February

Thursday 11 February

23:55
23:47
23:23
22:35
21:49
21:42
21:21
21:16
21:06
20:39
20:28
19:46
19:32
19:13
18:55
18:53
18:40
18:34
18:20
18:04
17:16
17:15
17:08
17:02
16:59
16:30
16:04
16:01
15:55
15:49
15:19
15:09
14:36
14:22
14:02
13:23
13:17
13:14
12:22
12:21
12:12
11:54
11:49
11:43
11:13
09:56
09:29
08:56
07:33
06:58
06:29
05:03
04:44
04:03
03:36
02:54
02:30
02:05
01:27
01:02
00:57
00:40
00:39
00:29
00:25
00:15

Wednesday 10 February

23:54
23:48
23:41
23:02
22:56
22:28
21:26
20:58
20:54
20:38
20:38
20:32
20:19
20:04
18:50
18:27
18:21
17:51
17:25
17:14
17:10
16:44
16:38
16:31
16:03
15:36
14:32
13:54
13:19
13:09
13:02
12:22
12:07
11:04
10:24
10:23
09:39
09:08
08:33
05:37
04:51
04:12
03:09
02:06
01:10
00:44
00:24
00:24
00:14
00:09

Eredivisie table

# Team MP D P
1 22 +33 53
2 22 +37 52
3 22 +5 38
4 22 +11 36
5 22 +4 35
6 22 +4 34
7 22 +0 34
8 22 +18 33
9 22 +2 32
10 22 +1 29
11 22 -8 29
12 22 -1 27
13 22 -15 24
14 22 -19 22
15 22 -4 21
16 22 -16 19
17 22 -29 13
18 22 -23 12

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