The players, including Luuk de Jong, took the applause of the supporters after the full-time whistle. Another win. But PSV’s captain quickly played down feelings of euphoria. Speaking after the game, he said: “We put in a poor first-half display.”
‘We started sloppily’
“We started sloppily and although we were 2-1 up, we put in a poor first-half display”, said De Jong in his post-match interview. ”But we improved after the break, took control of the game and eventually comfortably cruised to a win. We got hold of the ball and converted our chances in the end.”
The 4-1 defeat of De Graafschap has made Mark van Bommel the first PSV head coach to win his first twelve league matches. “That’s all very nice, but the main thing is that we win our games. I like statistics a lot and this one as well.” PSV had their best start ever to a season in the 1987/88 campaign when Guus Hiddink won his first seventeen matches. “Breaking that record is not our prime concern, but it would be very special indeed”, admitted Van Bommel, who preferred a more realistic approach.
PSV’s head coach was happy with his team’s performance. “It took us a little bit of time to settle into the game and we dropped deep when we were 2-1 up. But we put in a commanding second-half display and fully deserved victory. We controlled proceedings in the second half”, said Van Bommel.