Simon Mignolet: “Again we shouldn’t allow points to be lost at home”
“The first half was not bad,” Simon Mignolet said in front of the Eleven Sports cameras. “We play together on a number of chances and we also come right after the break. Then you think ‘we’re left.’ But then, it’s so sad that we conceded the equaliser here in the last fifteen minutes. Then Zolt Vargem defends really well. We didn’t have a chance to score a goal. win. Unfortunately, that shouldn’t really happen.”
Mignolet had to keep his team upright several times with great saves. “Actually, I had to save twice from Dombe, but those chances came mainly from individual errors. Overall, our game in the first half was better than last week. But that doesn’t change the fact that Zolt Vargem had its chances as well. I think that 1-1 is the right score, if I’m honest. Zulte Waregem deserved this point as much as we do. We didn’t really claim a win, especially in the second half. This should never happen in your home.”
“Where do we go wrong? So many bills? As a player, I don’t want to use that as an excuse. I don’t have to answer that either. I especially think that as a group of players we have to look at what we can do better individually. Everyone should always stand up.” In front of the mirror. Club Brugge is obligated by virtue of its position not to score 4 out of 9, but 9 out of 9. We know that too. We had hoped that we would forget that defeat against Joppen by winning at home. It was only possible with a win. A draw is not enough, it’s that simple.” .
Carl Hofkins: “Mistakes must be resolved as quickly as possible”
“Where did it go wrong? I was satisfied up to the goal,” said club coach Karl Hofkins after the game. Lots of pressing forward, lots of second balls for us, high defense. So I was actually very satisfied with that. I said in the first half I was hoping , or already requested, that we can continue with this throughout the match. Unfortunately that didn’t work. After ten minutes on goal, it became physically difficult for us to keep going into spaces. Then you would be pushed back. If you had physical difficulty, you wouldn’t be able to anymore being aggressive when in possession. Then it was very difficult to keep winning the second ball and keep pressing up front. Then Zolt and Warghem got more into the game.”
“A lot of losing the ball? Yes that’s right. Individual flaws on the field, sure. But the intent to play forward, to find the free man, to control possession, was there. The two chances he gave us came in the first half through our losing the ball. That It’s particularly frustrating and difficult at the moment. But you’re asking your players to keep playing football and be aggressive in possession.”
At the back, Owen Otasui was not very accurate, losing the ball almost twice. “Otasowie? Apart from those two or three phases, I didn’t find many faults in that and thought he played a strong game.” “He dared to defend forward, was aggressive and could defend the space in his back. We can’t fault that much. These errors still exist. That’s right, but they just have to get out as quickly as possible. I have found the sound to be very energetic and very powerful. I’ve seen a lot of positive things from him, but I’m actually very happy with most of my buddies in the first 70-75 minutes.”
Following the departure of Charles De Ketelaere and Stanley Nsoki last week, it now appears that it is up to Noa Lang. The Dutchman himself requested to start on the bench against Zolte Vargem. “Transportation problems are part of it,” Hofkins says. “We have to get points. That we are losing points stupidly is frustrating. That’s it and it’s difficult. The goal could have been avoided, but it was their only chance in the second half.”
Mbaye Lee: “I want to congratulate my players”
Zulte Waregem also started the competition with 4 out of 9, but given their opponents (Seraing, Antwerp and Club Brugge) and their status, this is a much better start. “This is an important point for us, especially if you look at the way the last two games have gone,” coach Mbaye Lee said after the match. We already played a believable match in Antwerp and here we take a point. You must not forget that we played against the champion here with half a new team and two under-21 players who came in.”
It is clear that Essevi plays football more smoothly than last season and is also better in defence. “It’s important to have an identity and show it,” Lee said. “I want to congratulate my team for what they did today. Speed and pressure to the finish, that’s what I want to see. This is modern football.”
Could there be more in it? Jean-Luc Dombe should have put Issevi at 0-2 in the first quarter. “Efficiency is a flaw with us. We saw it already in the first half against Syring and Antwerp. The goal of Drambayev? We had to do something in the second half, we were overtaken. So we started playing with three back and higher wings, and that managed to score Drambayev as wing-back. “.