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.