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

Substitutes

Friday 30 January

Thursday 29 January

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09:43
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05:48
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Wednesday 28 January

23:58
23:48
23:39
23:07
22:58
22:49
21:43
21:25
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20:59
20:58
20:33
18:46
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10:29
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09:49
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05:24
04:36
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Eredivisie table

# Team MP D P
1 19 +36 49
2 19 +28 43
3 19 +17 35
4 19 +13 33
5 19 +3 32
6 19 +10 31
7 19 +4 28
8 19 +1 27
9 19 -7 25
10 19 -3 24
11 19 -4 24
12 19 +4 22
13 19 -11 20
14 19 -14 19
15 19 -8 17
16 19 -14 16
17 19 -24 14
18 19 -31 10

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