Denzel Dumfries admitted that he felt ashamed after Feyenoord had inflicted a painful 3-1 defeat on PSV. “I must take a good look at myself”. At the same time, no single PSV player could understand why Feyenoord won a second penalty, which killed off the game.
PSV, who were the better team in the first half, created enough chances to leave Rotterdam with their heads held. Yet they were trailing 2-0 to Feyenoord at half-time. “We created plenty of chances but failed to be more ruthless in front of goal”, said Dumfries, who hastened to add that not only the forwards were to blame. “The defenders should have been sharper to keep a clean sheet.”
Referee Bas Nijhuis rightly pointed to the spot after Dumfries had committed a foul. “It was a mistake I shouldn’t have made. I must take a good look at myself”, admitted Dumfries. “But I think Feyenoord’s second penalty was soft, to say the least, after Nick Viergever was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. I think it was a harsh decision as Viergever had no intention whatsoever to handle the ball. But we should have taken our chances.”
PSV last enjoyed a victory on the road in October and dropped to fourth place in the Eredivisie table after the defeat against Feyenoord. When asked how PSV could turn their season around, PSV’s captain replied: “We must give our all in the two remaining games before the winter break and take time to evaluate the season so far together.”
“Failed to reward ourselves”
“We failed to reward ourselves”, said Nick Viergever, speaking after the game. The PSV centre back saw his team start brightly and thought PSV were still the better team after they had conceded the opening goal. “We were not down-hearted but kept on fighting.” Viergever found it hard to accept the referee’s decision to award Feyenoord a second penalty. “Where should I have put my hands? On my back? It was 3-0 and the game was virtually over as a contest. The VAR should have intervened.”
“Not a fair reflection”
PSV head coach Mark van Bommel had nothing good to say about Nijhuis’ decision, either. “I think the final score is not a fair reflection of the game. We put on a fine first-half display and had plenty of chances to take the lead. But, against the run of play, we were trailing two goals at half-time. I told the lads during the half-time break to keep going. We knew we still had a chance to win the game if we pulled one back. But then there was this ridiculous decision, at a crucial moment. You tell me where Viergever should have put his arm? The result did not go our way, but I think we produced one of the best performances of the season”, concluded Van Bommel.