Feyenoord looking to bounce back

The Rotterdammers went down 2-1 to Ajax at De Kuip to continue a

disappointing start to the new Eredivisie season. Mario Been’s men

have won just two of their opening six fixtures and already find

themselves nine points adrift of the summit. But De Cler, while

admitting the failings at the weekend, has urged the players to

look forward ahead of their third-round clash with Roda JC on

Wednesday. “We have only ourselves to blame, in certain stages of

the game we did not give enough,” he said on the club’s official

website. “We have to focus on the next few games. “The confidence

is still there but we will have to stand up in the coming games.”

Ajax return to action with a home tie against Eerste Divisie side

MVV while PSV Eindhoven meet Sparta Rotterdam having been held to a

goalless draw at Roda. “The final score reflected the balance of

play,” PSV boss Fred Rutten admitted afterwards. “If either side

had scored they would have claimed the three points. we didn’t

reach our usual level, particularly going forward but we didn’t

give much away either. “All in all, though, it was a below-par

display.” Among the other big-name teams in Holland, FC Groningen –

currently third in the Eredivisie – go to Haaglandia/Sir Winston,

defending Eredivisie champions FC Twente visit Capelle while AZ

Alkmaar take on FC Den Bosch.