PSV head coach Mark van Bommel had urged his players to end a six-game winless run (four defeats and two draws) and return to winning ways. He insisted that only a win would do, no matter how. PSV put on a decent first-half show and held on for a hard-fought, narrow win after the break.
Van Bommel made some changes in order to get PSV’s season back on track. A new captain, the return of Steven Bergwijn, Donyell Malen and Ryan Thomas and Timo Baumgartl, partnering Nick Viergever in the centre of defence.
A win is always the best remedy and a sparkling performance will also restore confidence. PSV pinned the visitors from Friesland back into their own half and created some fine chances. Malen, one on one with sc Heerenveen keeper Warner Hahn, Ritsu Doan, who fired a shot just wide of the post, and Viergever, who hit the post from a Mohamed Ihattaren corner, came close to opening the scoring.
PSV were soon rewarded for their attacking style of play and broke the deadlock on 17 minutes. Steven Bergwijn created some space before unleashing an unstoppable shot and the winger, who was sorely missed the last few games, doubled the lead with a thunderbolt in the 36th minute. HT: 2-0.
PSV somehow lost control of the game in the second half and Jens Odgaard reduced the deficit ten minutes into the second half. PSV never looked to restore a two-goal advantage and PSV goalkeeper Unnerstall pulled off a string of excellent saves to keep his team in the game. He became the hero seconds before the final whistle when he stretched to full length to palm away a vicious strike and secure all three points for PSV. Mark van Bommel’s team will be back in action on Thursday when they take on Sporting CP in Lisbon on matchday five of the Europa League campaign.