Sparta Rotterdam manager Alex Pastor spoke to the NOS after his side’s 3-1 win away at Go Ahead Eagles which saw them stay up without the need of relegation play-offs.

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Sparta went into the final day of the season two points adrift of safety, but their win in Deventer ensures they will remain in the Eredivisie next season.

Pastoor said ”This is on all fronts a massive relief that we have managed to stay in the Eredivisie without the need for relegation play-offs.

”Internally we have always remained calm. I must compliment the players who began this league with very little experience and they managed to perform well ”.

”It appears that we have performed a miracle in managing to escape the drop. We have played reasonably stable football over the entire season and given a good account of ourselves ”.

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