Coach Yves Vanderhaeghe was satisfied with the point against RSCA, but looking back there might have been more to it: "We started the game well, we had a lot of good intentions, but after fifteen minutes RSCA took control of the game. Still, I am curious to see the footage of our first big chance. Kevin Hoggas was actually in a position to score but kicked far wide. I had the feeling he was pulled by his arm and lost his balance. Too bad."
Reactions after the game of Vanderhaeghe, Pavlovic & Deman
Yves Vanderhaeghe: "The basis for good performances is not to give anything away yourself"
Vanderhaeghe saw several good things at Groen-Zwart: "I think my group performed well collectively today. We were well organized and we trained to put Anderlecht under as much pressure as possible. At certain moments we succeeded well and we created chances. Not only did we keep the zero today, we also gave away little to nothing apart from a free kick on the crossbar. There was also the drive to play forward. After the match, I congratulated my players with their excellent performance."
Keeping 0 appeared to be no easy task for Cercle this season. The fact that they managed to get away not having conceded against RSCA, is good for the confidence. "Keeping the zero will be important for us in the fight to maintain. The basis for good performances and picking up points is to defend well and not give anything away. That's what we did today, against an Anderlecht with a lot of individual talent, speed and combinative ability."
Strahinja Pavlovic: "Still 7 finals to go in which we will give everything"
Strahinja Pavlovic, together with David Bates and Harison Marcelin, kept the Anderlecht attack in check for 90 minutes. He saw Cercle get a well-deserved point.
"Before the game we would probably have signed for a point against a team with Anderlecht's qualities. After the match, we have to say there was more to it. We were finally able to keep the zero, which is certainly good for us as defenders. We had some good chances, I had one as well, and didn't give anything away, so it's a pity we couldn't win. We have no time to be disappointed, but now have to shift our focus to the key games against Mouscron and Waasland-Beveren that are coming up. We have 7 games left to secure our place in the league. We have to start every game like it's a final."
"I have found my place in the team. Of course, I already knew some of the guys from Monaco, which made my integration easier. In the first half of the season I only played a few games for the national team, so I lacked match rhythm when I arrived here. A win and a goal in my debut at Kortrijk gave me confidence and I feel completely fine physically in the meantime. “
Olivier Deman: "Happy with the opportunities I get"
After two strong performances in the Croky Cup, Olivier Deman was allowed to start in the starting line-up for the first time in the league against Anderlecht. "At training, I already felt that I would probably start in the starting eleven. Who would have told me this a month ago, would probably have called me crazy. The chances I get now are a reward for my hard work and I hope to stay in the team. But Anthony, Kévin and Thibo have also shown their qualities this season, so the coach has many options now."
We had a lot of chances: Iké's disallowed goal, Pavlovic's infiltration, Kevin's deviated shot that went just over the goal, ... I could also have had an assist on Kevin's chance in the opening minutes. The goal and the victory did not materialise, but I am left with a positive feeling. We showed that Cercle is not dead. We have everything in our hands, and everyone is ready to give their all. Now the two most important games of the season are coming up."