Heitinga sees points for improvement: ‘We should have defended better’

John Heitinga is not satisfied with the draw with which Jong Ajax left the field against Jong AZ on Thursday evening. The promise team of the team from Amsterdam relinquished a 0-1 lead in the final phase after a penalty from the Alkmaarders was used.

“With a bit of a grumpy answer, I might say yes,” Heitinga replies to the question whether 1-1 was a justified result against ESPN. “We just didn’t do well in the second half. In the first half, you score a goal and you create a lot. You have to be a bit happier, but we should have defended better’, says Heitinga.

Heitinga then indicates that his team played an excellent first half. “I think we were particularly dominant in our positional play. Then you see that the opponent is not getting a grip.’ Nevertheless, the coach remains of the opinion that his team should have gotten more out of the dominance.

Disappointing second half

In the second half, Heitinga sees that Jong AZ started playing with more confidence and more passion. “I think there are phases where we can and must keep the ball longer in the team. That is also in the last pass, the choice you then make’, continues Heitinga, who sees many learning moments despite the disappointing result. Heitinga saw that many opportunities were not used. For example, Gabriel Misehouy had the chance to score the winning goal in the final phase. Unfortunately a draw. He shoots those balls in the training. Now you go back to Amsterdam with 1-1.’

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