FC Dordrecht manager Gerard de Nooijer spoke to the NOS ahead of their promotion/relegation playoff 1st leg against Sparta Rotterdam on Thursday.

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Dordrecht stunned Cambuur in the last round to set up their tie against Sparta Rotterdam. The winner over two legs will then go onto the final for a place in the Eredivisie.

de Nooijer said, ”After we went 1-0 down to SC Cambuur in the second leg you need a bit of luck and that was a factor. SC Cambuur collapsed when we equalized.

”We have a few players in our squad who played for Sparta Rotterdam in the past or who came through their youth setup so of course, they will want to show their worth.

”Of course, Sparta Rotterdam are favourites as Sparta Rotterdam have better players but we have a team that fights for one another.

”I had a lot of respect for Dick Advocaat and the passion that he has that is very special indeed. I believe the Sparta Rotterdam players do not have the passion that he has.”

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