Jong AZ lost 2-1 to TOP Oss tonight. After great victories over Roda JC (2-0) and VVV-Venlo (1-2) Maarten Martens’ team is back on the ground. Young AZ was no longer able to repair the damage suffered in the second half after a very weak first half. “We must not let this happen again.”

    Maarten Martens: “First half fell through the lower limit” – NH Sport

    “The first half was severely below par. That is why we also lose this match”, trainer Maarten Martens of Jong AZ knows afterwards. “In the second half we do a lot better. Based on the number of chances, we might have left here with a result. But we don’t force it and that’s why we are empty-handed.”

    “It was not just a lack of quality, but also a lack of mentality”

    Young AZ coach Maarten Martens

    “Today I tried to get the heads in the same direction at half-time. It was not only a lack of quality today, but also of mentality,” continues Martens. “There was a lack of cooperation and radiating positive energy. I also told them that at halftime. Fortunately, it went a lot better in the second half.”

    Maarten Martens: “Not only a lack of quality, but also a lack of mentality” – NH Sport

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    Captain Fedde de Jong was deeply disappointed by the weak initial phase of Jong AZ. “We have to look very closely at ourselves and see why that is. This should certainly not happen again,” said De Jong. “We still had the belief in the peace that there was still something to be achieved here. In the second half we create a lot of opportunities, but if you don’t finish the chances, you will fall behind.”

    Fedde de Jong: “We didn’t start sharp as a team at all” – NH Sport

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