When they were trailing 1-0, PSV were awarded a penalty in the 63rd minute. Steven Bergwijn sent the keeper the wrong way. It was the turning point of the game. “I felt confident and knew I would score”, said Bergwijn in his post-match interview.
‘Sent Bertrams the wrong way’
Hirving Lozano was brought down in the box and referee Allard Lindhout did not hesitate and pointed at the spot. The Mexican striker had converted two spot kicks last week but this time Bergwijn stepped up. “I felt confident and sent Bertrams the wrong way”, said the winger who admitted PSV had been struggling in the first half. “We put in a poor display but improved after the break. “We created a hatful of chances but failed to take them. But in the end there was a moment of creativity and we scored the winning goal.”
‘Not the first time in my career’
“It’s not the first in my career that we won the game after a mediocre display”, conceded captain Luuk de Jong. “We looked to score an early opening goal but did not dominate the game. But a win is the only thing that really matters. I know we could have scored a few more goals but things do not always go your way.”
Van Bommel happy with win
Mark van Bommel was happy PSV had bagged all three points in spite of having missed several chances. “It was a tough game as we could not find our rhythm. We had 21 shots on target and yet we should be glad to have won the game”, said Van Bommel who added that the goal difference issue had never been on his mind. “I have never maintained that we would thrash De Graafschap with a large winning margin. I told the media at the press briefing on Friday that it is possible to score eleven goals. That’s what Netherlands once accomplished against San Marino, but I also said that we would face a stern test against De Graafschap”, concluded Van Bommel.