Jacob Neestrup

'Huge disappointment' after AGF loss – Neestrup

F.C. Copenhagen head coach Jacob Neestrup couldn't hide his disappointment after Tuesday's 3-2 defeat at AGF ended the Lions' hopes of retaining the Danish Superliga title for the season.

FCK needed a win to take the race to the final game of the campaign but despite two goals from Orri Óskarsson were unable to get over the line in Aarhus.

"I'm standing here with a terrible feeling right after the match, where we are all hugely disappointed," said Neestrup.

"We got off to a good start and took an early lead, but I'm disappointed that we didn't hold on and that we collapsed completely in the half-hour after they equalised.

"Maybe it was the pressure from all the adversity we've had lately, but it was bad because we didn't play the way we wanted to, even though we still had the chances to equalise before the break.

"After half time the players did everything they could to try and come back, but we had put ourselves in a starting position where it became too difficult.

"It's hard right now, and it hurts to stand here and realise that we no longer have the chance to retain the championship, and of course I'm sad and can only apologise to all F.C. Copenhageners.

"I don't know the words for it but the Superliga season hasn't been good enough, regardless of how it goes on Sunday. This of course also applies to me as head coach, because we win and lose together."

A draw against FC Nordsjælland in the final match of the season this Sunday will mean FCK qualify for a playoff match between the top side in the Relegation Round of the Superliga. That will be one of Randers, Viborg and Vejle. The winner of the playoff will progress to next season's UEFA Conference League second qualifying round. 

"Hopefully we have two games left in Parken, so we will have to finish this season with two victories, and then we have to take the longer evaluation of the campaign afterwards," concluded Neestrup.