Faber heaps praise on PSV for showing resilience

Faber heaps praise on PSV for showing resilience

PSV interim coach Ernest Faber heaped praise on his team for showing resilience in the 4-1 win over PEC Zwolle. PSV were soon a goal down but responded well. “It’s been a very tough week.”

Early scare
PSV recovered from an early scare after Mustafa Saymak had put the visitors ahead in the 12th minute. “We had a stuttering start, after the narrow escape in Veenendaal on Wednesday. I think we responded very well. We showed stamina and resilience and scored a number of great goals.”

‘Enjoy a short break’
Faber: “It’s been a very tough week and I think the players and coaching staff deserve a compliment. Now we will enjoy a short break in the festive period, and rest body and mind before we start preparing for the second half of the season in the training camp in Qatar.”

Afellay thanked the fans
Captain Ibrahim Afellay, who came on as a substitute for the second time, was delighted with PSV’s win in their last game in 2019. He thanked the fans for their loyal support. “We know the past six months have not been easy for you and us. We want to thank you for your unwavering support. We are happy to end the year on a high and hope to do well in the second half of the season. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New year. Once again, thank you very much!”

Gakpo: ‘We’ve stuck together’
Cody Gakpo put the icing on the cake in the 72nd minute. He slalomed his way through the PEC Zwolle defence to score PSV’s fourth goal. He was asked whose goal was the most beautiful, his or Ihattaren’s. “Mine, of course”, said Gakpo, smiling brightly. “But Ihattaren scored a peach of a goal and an important one. We’ve stuck together tonight and always knew we would eventually run out winners.”