Jacob Neestrup

Neestrup reacts to FCK 1-2 AGF

F.C. Copenhagen head coach Jacob Neestrup was left frustrated with his side's defending in the 2-1 defeat to AGF on Sunday.

The loss was the Lions' second on the trot in the league and sees FCK drop off the top of the Superliga table.

Two goals conceded from corners in the first 34 minutes meant it was an uphill challenge for the Danish champions – and despite a Elias Achouri strike FCK couldn't get back in the game as a late Lukas Lerager goal was chalked off for offside.

"The smarter and more cynical team won today, and you just have to acknowledge that," said Neestrup afterwards.

"It's not about luck, it's simply not good enough that we conceded two goals from corner kicks in completely identical situations.

"From the last quarter of the first half and through the entire second half we created a lot ourselves and applied really heavy pressure on them, which they have difficulty handling. So that part is good, but just like in Viborg a week ago we're just not cynical enough. It also doesn't help to have the ball a lot and create a lot.

"We have 33 points from 17 games, and that's not good enough. I said before the game that we were three points off the pace, and now we need three more. We have to admit that both Brøndby and Midtjylland have been better than us recently. They don't concede two goals from corners in a game where they had the ball 70% of the time."

The autumn half of the Danish Superliga season is now over, with FCK next in league action on 18 February 2024 against Silkeborg. Before then the Lions take on Silkeborg in a two-legged Danish Cup quarter-final on 6 and 9 December, before our final game of 2023 at home to Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League on 12 December.