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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 D W D 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 4 September

Thursday 3 September

23:45
23:41
23:36
23:27
23:02
22:49
22:48
22:40
22:09
21:57
20:47
20:37
20:05
19:55
19:37
19:14
18:01
16:34
15:32
15:12
15:03
14:55
14:23
14:06
13:58
11:23
11:12
10:40
09:22
07:59
07:32
04:43
03:00
01:40
00:02

Wednesday 2 September

23:59
23:53
21:32
21:19
21:19
20:49
20:30
20:23
20:12
19:04
18:38
18:36
18:16
18:12
18:03
17:40
17:34
16:25
16:14
15:42
15:37
15:23
14:48
14:30
14:12
13:51
12:10
11:55
10:07
09:47
08:47
08:42
08:27
08:22
07:04
07:03
06:55
05:40
04:54
03:45
02:48
02:05
00:55
00:53
00:32
00:31

Eredivisie table

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

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