Alex had gone for some rotation in his side for the game against STVV hoping they wre good enough to win and able to keep some players fit.
The game got off to a slow start with STVV having a lot of shots with very little accuracy. After 16 minutes Alex tossed the ball to Cools for a throw in. He threw the ball to Vanaken who passed to Zokora. He played it over to Izquierdo in space. He hit a ball into the middle and N’Djeng headed the ball out wide to Gedoz. He took a touch into the space and hit in a good cross that Izquierdo was about to head in before Erichot intercepted the cross and did the job for him with a bullet header into the top corner. Alex’s side were ahead now they just had to stay that way.
STVV got the ball just after the half hour mark and pushed the ball up the ball was worked to Mahlangu who had space to run into despite Alex yelling for him to be closed down. He hit a long ball forward to Ono who got in behind Denswil. He took a touch and fired for the top corner. His shot got past Butelle and went flying over the bar and into the stands. “That’s why we close down midfielders.” Alex yelled from the sideline.
Just before halftime Paulo took a throw in deep in the STVV half and got the ball back from Vormer. He took a couple of touches and whipped in a cross, Gedoz took the cross down with one touch and swivelled to fire a volley on target from close range the keeper got a fingertip to it and the ball cannoned off the bar and flew almost out the box until the ball was fully cleared by Cuevas.
Alex side got in level at half time and he made a couple of changes to ensure that no one was overworked.
Not a lot happened for the next 15 minutes as both sides looked to press but, were cautious to avoid conceding. STVV pressed forward with Mahlangu hitting a long ball up to Raman who headed the ball down to Ono. He played the ball back into the middle and MAhlangu hit the ball wide to Cuevas who hit in a first time cross. Raman surprised everyone by not shooting first time. It worked as Butelle had committed to trying to get to the cross and Raman rolled the ball into an empty goal to level the game for STVV.
Alex got up to complain about Raman not being booked for a poor challenge after 64 minutes. Denswil hit the free kick short and passed to Vanaken who played the ball wide to Izquierdo. He held the ball up then released Joao Paulo on the overlap. He took two touches then floated in a beautiful cross. Alex watched as Gedoz raced to get under the ball and from less than a yards out Gedoz caught up and headed the ball in just under the bar. Alex punched the air as his side got back in front.
A nice chipped pass from Cuevas got the ball to Raman out wide in space. With no one in the box he cut back and ran into the box. With no one wanting to tackle him he was able to find space and fired a shot that ended up being a disappointment as it went well wide of the target.
Brugge held on with ease and Alex’s side was able to coast to victory and three more points to keep them in the top six.
Still in the top six but, it was very tight with only one game left to go before the split and all of the teams had their point totals halved for the Championship Group.