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Jaap beams after Beerens' friendly strike

Manager impressed with the quality of Roy's equaliser on Saturday

16 July 2017

Jaap Stam lauded the technique in Roy Beerens' stunning equaliser against Gençlerbirligi of the Turkish Super Lig on Saturday evening.

The Royals twice came from behind to draw with the Turkish team in Papendal, falling behind early on before Adrian Popa equalised mid-way through the second half.

Gençlerbirligi restored their lead just two minutes afterwards, before Beerens stepped up and scored with the last kick of the match to level the game.

Speaking about the game, Jaap said: “Roy made a great move, ball at his feet going inside and a great shot, so I think it was at least a deserved draw.

"The results are not the most important things, but in how we want to play and what we want to do, you never want to lose.


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Beerens' late equaliser was enough to secure a late draw against the Turkish side, following on from a narrow 1-0 defeat by KV Kortrijk earlier in the afternoon.

Knowing he was in ear-shot, Stam joked: “Roy has sometimes got a bit of quality, so sometimes he can score a goal!

"You know Roy and the capability he has, especially with the ball at his feet, his movement is very quick, especially when he can come inside and that shot with the inside of his right foot, then it’s a threat for every goalie.

“It’s a great goal, it’s what you want to see. That’s what we expect from our players, the strikers to take initiative in the one-v-ones and a shot on target.

"Okay, if he misses, he misses, but if you never have a shot then you’re never going to score a goal." 

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