FC Den Bosch’s Alfons Groenendijk content with a draw

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The former Ajax Amsterdam midfielder was satisfied with the goalless stalemate against Tilburg and expressed confidence that his side can defeat Jurgen Streppel’s side in the return leg.
FC Den Bosch recorded a goalless draw against Willem II Tilburg in the first-leg of the final round of promotion/relegation play-offs at Stadion De Vliert on Thursday, May 17.
The Bosch head coach, Alfons Groenendijk, was satisfied with the result and expressed confidence that his side can earn promotion to Eredivisie.
“We have often scored in away games. Therefore, we are confident about the game in Tilburg”, Groenendijk was quoted as saying to the Dutch media.
The visiting side asserted their authority right from the first whistle and kept the Den Bosch goalkeeper,, busy throughout the 90 minutes.
Virgil Misidjan had the first opportunity of the match in the 12th minute, but Begois did well to parry away his effort. Moments later, the Belgian shot-stopper produced a brilliant save to tip away Misidjan’s strike.
Marc Hocher tried his luck from range, with the 30-year-old gloves man making a decent save, as the home side continued to live dangerously.
The Blue White Dragons failed to create anything of note in the opening 45 minutes of the match apart from Ronnie Reniers’ effort that went well wide of the target.
Willem II continued to dominate proceedings in the second-half as well, but they lacked the incisiveness in front of goal. Despite creating a number of opportunities, the visiting side failed to hit the target until the full time
whistle, and the match ended in a goalless draw.
Groenendijk was pleased with his side’s performance at the back and heaped praise on the Belgian goalkeeper, who made some brilliant saves to keep his side’s hopes of playing in Eredivisie next term alive.
“First match is always difficult. We played better defensively, but we lacked quality upfront. Of course, you always want to win the game, but we also needed to ensure that we don’t concede any goal. All in all, Willem II was more
threatening”, the Den Bosch head coach was quoted as saying to the media.
The return leg between the two sides will be played at Koning Willem II Stadion on Sunday, May 20.



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