Frank de Boer 'bewildered' by Ajax after 6-4 defeat to Utrecht
The former Netherlands international believes his side were the better team against Utrecht, despite losing in a 10-goal thriller
Ajax coach Frank de Boer says he was more bewildered than furious after his side's 6-4 defeat to Utrecht on Sunday.
The Eredivisie champions twice took the lead against Jan Wouters men, but four goals were not enough as the home side put six past goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer to claim the three points.
De Boer believes Ajax were the better team but admitted that his side did not defend well.
“Am I angry? No, rather bewildered. I find this really incredible,” the former Ajax player told reporters. “The weird thing is that today I have seen many good things. But we defended poorly and when you give away goals like that it becomes difficult. Although, when we were 5-3 down I felt we could still win it, I felt we were 10 times better than Utrecht.”
He continued: “Utrecht really only played one way, a long ball up the field and then a quick pass to [Jacob] Mulenga.”
Ajax are now 11 points behind leaders AZ who beat ADO Den Haag 3-0 on Sunday.
PSV's Fred Rutten 'delighted' with response in victory over Heracles
The 48-year-old was happy with the strength his side showed as they came from a goal behind to beat Heracles 4-1
PSV coach Fred Rutten expressed his delight in his side’s comeback as they came from a goal down to beat Heracles 4-1 on Sunday.
The Eindhoven giants went behind as Antoine van der Linden scored for Heracles inside the first 15 minutes but the home side recovered and Ola Toivonen pulled them level in the second-half before a Jeremain Lens hat-trick secured the victory for PSV.
Rutten admitted that Heracles were the better side in the opening 45 minutes but he says he was delighted with the response his side showed in the second period.
“Heracles were better in the first-half, especially with the ball. We played poorly, but we responded well after the break,” Rutten told NUsport. “The goals came at good times. They brought the team to life again. As a team we responded strongly to a weak first half.”
PSV are currently third in the Eredivisie, they are on even points with Twente and six points behind leaders AZ.
Eredivisie Round Results:
Friday - 5 November:
VVV Venlo - Excelsior 0 - 0
Saturday - 5 November:
NAC - Vitesse 1 - 0
Roda - Heerenveen 1 - 2
RKC - Groningen 1 - 1
Feyenoord -NEC 0 - 1
Sunday - 6 November:
Utrecht - Ajax 6 - 4
Twente - De Graafschap 4 - 0
AZ - ADO Den Haag 3 - 0
PSV - Heracles 4 - 1