It makes RKC Waalwijk coach Fred Grim pride that his team on Wednesday managed to reach the final of the play-offs for promotion to the Premier league. The ex-goalkeeper of Ajax saw that his players had difficulties with the tension to go.
“It’s great for this group, for the club, the supporters and the list goes on. I also think it is earned, though we have not our quality shown”, said Grim with FOX Sports after the 1-1-draw at Excelsior from the Eredivisie degrades.
“We had some problems with exam nerves and that I had not expected. The group was focused, but not tense. As the match progressed, you saw a number of players some tension. That is also logical, because they are all young boys. This is great for their learning process.”
In the Van Donge & De Roo Stadium of Excelsior came to his side for peace on 0-1 thanks to Stijn Spierings. It was finally 1-1 (goal Elías Már Ómarsson), but that was for the Waalwijkers enough after the 2-1-victory in the thuisduel.
RKC if in the season 2013/2014 for the last Fc. Excelsior drops after five years back to the second level of the Netherlands.
RKC Waalwijk coach Fred Grim. (Photo: Pro Shots)
“We have steps made’
The 53-year-old Grim is full of praise for the strong second half of the season from his side in the Kitchen Champion Division, which, ultimately, participation in the play-offs was enforced. In the first round of the play-offs was NEC all reports.
“We are very far away started and steps made. After the winter break, we are getting better and better football, we have good goals made and we finally have the play-offs enforced. It is a beautiful challenge,” said Grim.
“This brings some cause. Now We are going to really for the supreme, and of course that is possible, especially if we our level. We have a fresh group and have worked very hard for. Bring on the finals.”
RKC is in the final of the play-offs against competitiegenoot Go Ahead Eagles. The first match is Saturday in Waalwijk, the netherlands, and the return will follow three days later in Deventer. The other final will be between De Graafschap and Sparta Rotterdam.
Match schedule play-offs for European football and promotion/relegation