Bastien : We are not going to look for excuses, there is nothing that is right. I don’t know what to tell you. We are resuming the second half well but we need consistency. This has been our problem for several weeks: we can’t be consistent. We still have one game on Sunday and we will try to do our best to win. I am devastated, it’s normal given the situation.
Kums : My goal is beautiful but it is all the action that is beautiful on the side. The ball reaches me and I just have to place my shot. I often score against Standard (smile). After the equalizer, we remained calm because we had a lot of chances, especially on stopped stages. On the other hand, I think we were a little less good in the game. It was a real cup match with a lot of faults and a good fight. The season is shaping up well, it will be up to us to confirm that, first against the Union, before taking a little rest for a second part of the season which promises to be busy.
Your life : We started the second half well. The coach told us not to calculate and we score quickly. We were betting a lot on this goal to regain confidence. But then we let them have possession of the ball again and they quickly regained their confidence, along with the advantage. It’s catastrophic, we have to rebuild ourselves and especially win against Zulte at home. All is not finished, there are still 15 games to play. Ghent was in the same situation as us. In the meantime, we have to find confidence and give our all to training. Honestly, I don’t know what to do otherwise we would have done it already, but we have to stay positive and united. Shooting at each other won’t do any good.
Vanhaezebrouck : It was the objective to remain in contention on all three fronts. We are winning today and we will try to end the year well on the ground of the best team of the start of the season (the Union). Tonight, qualifying against Standard is not open to discussion. The only small negative point is that we concede a goal as soon as we come back from the locker room. It’s a shame but we take the game in hand afterwards. We quickly regain the advantage and we have the opportunities to score 3-1 much earlier. I wouldn’t say everything was perfect because it isn’t. Many of my players have already given a lot and they will have to give again on Sunday before they can rest and attack 2022.
Elsner : We have this habit of giving elements to the opponent in the worst moments. We made their lives easier and faced with such a team, that is unforgiving. We had a moment of hope during the equalizer but the fast 2-1 Buffalos made everything crumble. These errors are unbearable! But it’s easy to say, now you have to know how to correct them. Opposite there was a mature team who knew how to manage. The period is complicated and we will not be able to get out of it with frustration, we must already win on Sunday and continue after the truce. This will be invaluable in preparing for the second part of the season.
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Luka Elsner after elimination in the Standard Cup: “These mistakes are unbearable!”