Back in it.By: Mohamed | February 8th, 2011
PSV lost, Twente drew and Ajax won. 3pts behind the leaders (PSV and Twente joint on 47pts) meaning the title race is wide and truly open.
Despite being victorious 2-0 at home to De Graafschap, Frank de Boer was far from pleased, “It was a devil of a match” he said afterwards. In truth he was right, Ajax were again sloppy and try as their might they couldn’t kill of their visitors.
Both goals, in each half, to be fair were fortunate, but they all count. Mounir El Hamdaoui who much will depend on now seeing as Luis Suarez has left, seemed hungry enough to pounce of a loose ball to put Ajax in the lead. Siem de Jong doubled Ajax’s lead and sealed the 3pts, when the ball fortunately arrived at his feet from a deflected cross by Lorenzo Ebecilio.
Frank de Boer, speaking after the match: “The 1-0 before halftime was fortunate, and welcome, for us. During the break, I brought their attention to the fact that we could have been good on attack via the backs. That we should have played from right to left quickly, and that you can break an opponent that way. But that plan fell through, partly because we lingered too much,”
“That weak period remained until the end of the match. I’m disappointed about that, because we’ve been seeing improvements during the trainings. Fortunately, the players were also aware that things weren’t going well. No, this was more of a step backwards than forwards.”
Ajax would need to move up a gear or two, but as De Boer mentioned previously it would take time, patience is key and number 30 looks ever more likely now.
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