Turkey put in a superb first half performance in the international friendly against Netherlands, but the Crescent Stars failed to keep up their high level after the break and were eventually beaten 1-0. Nevertheless, head coach Guus Hiddink was happy with his side's performance.
"I'm quite pleased with our performance tonight. It wasn't just some international friendly for us. It was a big game and we wanted to record a good result. I'm happy with what we've shown," said Hiddink to SBS6.
"Netherlands probably didn't expect us to put up such a strong fight. I'm very happy with the way the lads have responded after our previous matches. We have put in a strong performance over the full 90 minutes.
"The boys were very eager and wanted to play attacking football. We didn't want to allow [Wesley] Sneijder and [Rafael] Van der Vaart any space to play their own game. We managed to do just that.
"The people in Turkey will possibly only see the final result, but that's not really important for me. We lost the match because of sloppy defending from [Ismail] Koybasi. I considered taking him off for a moment, but eventually didn't do so.
"This match is a confidence boost for us and things are looking good for the future. I love to play attacking football and you always know that your opponent can hit you on the counter-attack then. The Dutch failed to create any bog chances and I think we deserved at least a draw."