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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

D W 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
37 60'
5 75'
38 87'
23
7
10 85' 90+3'
14 66'
30
17 38'
19
Coach: P. Bosz

Substitutes

Monday 24 November

Sunday 23 November

23:47
23:26
23:10
22:42
21:05
20:53
20:19
19:56
19:06
19:02
18:54
18:05
17:40
16:42
16:25
16:22
15:32
15:20
14:54
13:42
12:56
12:35
12:31
12:15
12:07
12:01
11:30
11:22
10:41
10:11
08:59
06:30
05:29
05:25
02:38
02:03
00:08
00:02

Saturday 22 November

23:56
23:54
23:35
23:17
23:08
22:52
22:47
22:39
22:16
22:02
21:42
21:40
21:39
21:37
21:32
21:23
21:15
20:45
20:45
20:20
20:16
20:04
20:04
20:01
19:55
19:54
19:54
19:51
19:38
19:31
19:28
19:24
19:21
19:18
19:04
19:02
18:17
18:12
18:09
18:05
18:01
18:00
17:56
17:54
17:29
17:27
16:01
15:05
14:12
14:06
13:58
13:21
12:56
12:28
12:21
11:37
11:29
11:28
10:27
05:30
05:27
03:56
02:15
01:12

Eredivisie table

# Team MP D P
1 13 +24 31
2 13 +17 29
3 13 +12 24
4 13 +12 24
5 13 +0 21
6 13 +3 20
7 13 +3 20
8 13 -6 18
9 13 -1 17
10 13 -1 17
11 13 -6 17
12 13 +5 16
13 13 -3 16
14 13 -6 15
15 13 -5 13
16 13 -15 10
17 13 -9 9
18 13 -24 5

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