Van Persie scores winner but he’s “not very happy”

Date published: Monday 21st September 2015 11:47

Robin van Persie: Scored from the bench

Robin van Persie says he is “not very happy” after firing Fenerbahce to victory from the bench on Sunday night.

The 32-year-old striker, who joined Fener from Manchester United in the summer, scored the winner against Bursaspor after coming on as a substitute in the 77th minute with the scores level at 1-1.

Van Persie replaced on-loan Liverpool forward Lazar Markovic and scored within three minutes of his introduction – clipping home left-footed from eight yards – to give the league leaders a 2-1 victory.

However, Van Persie was not happy with coach Vitor Pereira’s decision not to name him in the starting line-up.

“To be honest, I am not very happy at this moment,” he told Lig TV.

“I was not happy that I started on the bench. I am fully fit, physically very well and able to play for 90 minutes.

“The only right answer I could give was with what I did: helping the team to get the victory.”

Pereira subsequently defended his decision, saying: “I would play more players if we were allowed to play 22 or 25 players.

“The players can like or not like what I do, but I must take decisions. I am happy with Van Persie’s performance after being brought on to the pitch.

“It would be bad if he wasn’t unhappy about being a substitute. This proves that he wants to play.”

Van Persie has three goals in five of starts for Fener this season.

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