PSV head coach Phillip Cocu was pleased with his side’s disciplined performance as they secured a 3-0 win against N.E.C. in the Goffert Stadium. His former assistant Ernest Faber humbly accepted defeat. “PSV fully merited their 3-0 victory; we have been taught a lesson”, he conceded at the post-match conference.
Cocu: ‘Jetro delivered a trademark cross’
Cocu told the media he had expected N.E.C. to make adjustments and he knew he was right when he saw the opponents’ team sheet. “They fielded five defenders and three midfielders, so we would not be given much space but I think we’ve coped with it pretty well”, said Cocu, who heaped praises on his team’s stamina and perseverance. PSV’s head coach in particular paid attention to the opening goal. Jetro Willems made his first start of the season and delivered a sweeping cross for Luuk de Jong to head home.” Jetro delivered a superb trademark cross that found the head of De Jong. We were cool, calm and collected after the break. I am very pleased with our performance and victory.”
Faber: ‘We had our chances in the first half’
N.E.C. boss Ernest Faber had secretly hoped his side would pull off a shock result. “We had our chances in the first half. Sleegers had two goal scoring opportunities and we were solid in defence. We could have hurt PSV in the first half and I think we deserved to score at least one goal today”, said Faber, who admitted that the final score was a true reflection of the game. “PSV fully merited their 3-0 victory. When we were two goals down, we didn’t create any chances. We have been taught a lesson”, concluded Faber.