Steven Bergwijn had two assists in the 4-1 victory at home to VVV-Venlo, but he was most of all satisfied with the opener he scored in the 59th minute. “I had finally ended my goal drought”, he said in a post-match interview.
Bergwijn wiggled past his man and fired home at the near post to break the deadlock. “I had not found the back of the net for some time and finally I could help my team mates”, said Bergwijn who went straightaway to the camera to hearten Mohamed Ihattaren whose father had passed away. “I woke up and saw the group app. It was incredible. When we were together, we talked about it. Football is not the most important thing in life. We promised each other we would play for Mo and bag the three points.”
‘Fine first-half display’
It was still goalless at half-time but PSV head coach Mark van Bommel had seen his side put in a fine first-half display. “It may sound funny, but we played really well. It was not a sparkling performance, and maybe we played a low-tempo game but we virtually controlled the game from start to finish. VVV had the best goal scoring opportunity but we pegged them back unto their own half and in the end they could not play a compact defence any longer. We were tactically well-disciplined today and I was happy to see the preparations in training paid off on the pitch.”
The two teams held a minute silence before the game and the home fans clapped for Mohamed Ihattaren in the 24th minute, as he wears the No 24 shirt for PSV. ”These were emotional moments and they gave me the creeps”, said Van Bommel. ”It was wonderful to see the crowd’s and the players’ response. It sumps up how the squad and the faithful home fans interact.”