Denzel Dumfries enjoyed doing a lap of honour in front of the fans in the Philips Stadion to celebrate the 1-0 victory against FC Groningen. On Saturday, PSV welcomed 4000 supporters back to the stadium for the first time since the game at home to FC Emmen. PSV’s captain was delighted to see the fans back. “We’ve missed the fans and couldn’t wait to see them back”.
‘Delighted to see the fans back’
“Incredible. Incredible. We’ve missed the fans very much. It is a sad feeling to play in an empty stadium”, said Dumfries, speaking after the game. “I hope that all the fans who were at home today will get a chance to attend a game in the stadium this season”, he said.
One goal not ruled out
Dumfries also looked back on the game. It was still goalless at the break, but PSV scored four goals in the second half, but three goal celebrations were cut short after VAR intervention. “It’s amazing”, admitted Dumfries, who suspected Eran Zahavi’s goal would not stand. “The ball had crossed the line. So it was the correct decision. But we won the game and I think we fully deserved our win because of a fine second-half display. We controlled the game in the first half as well but we were not clinical in front of goal. We improved after the break.”
High energy levels
Cody Gakpo, who was outstanding, shared his captain’s views. “I think we put in a good performance, in particular after the break. Our energy levels were high, but we were sloppy at times in the first half. We fortunately opened the scoring but failed to finish the game off. Yet I am happy to have bagged the three points.”