Roger Schmidt was not satisfied with his side’s performance, but hailed the spirited team display as PSV fought hard to snatch a late win over FC Emmen. “If there is anything we can learn from this game, it is that it pays off to never give up”, said PSV’s head coach, speaking after the game. Captain Denzel Dumfries spoke up for goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo.
All the players went straight to Mvogo after the final whistle to celebrate the win with the keeper who made the mistake that led to the 1-1 equaliser with ten minutes remaining. “I think Yvon was already focusing on putting the ball back into play but unfortunately he did not control a pass back and it went under his foot and into the net”, said Schmidt. “It was obviously very embarrassing for him and it was the second error in two weeks. But he is a fine goalkeeper and I am sure he will show his skills the next few games.” Dumfries also spoke up for his shot stopper. “We have all seen that it was an unfortunate incident. The ball took a bounce and rolled into the net. He didn’t do that on purpose, mind you! We are a team and making a mistake is human.”
Level of performance
Schmidt admitted that PSV did not reach the desired level of performance against FC Emmen. “But we showed tremendous character to fight back”, said the German manager. “We fully deserved our win but we will have to raise our game.” PSV eventually earned all three points after Maxi Romero had come off the bench.
“As a manager in the technical area, you cannot do much apart from making a few changes. Maxi works his socks off in training and I am happy his substitution paid off really well, above all for himself. He could not have chosen a better moment to score his first goal for PSV.” Dumfries could not agree more. “Maxi did a great job as a substitute. He has been working very hard to stage a comeback and he made a big contribution to the team’s success. He will be delighted for having scored that late winner!”