PSV ended a dismal week with defeat at home to AZ. A straight red card, shown to Ryan Thomas after 22 minutes, led to a 4-0 hammering. Head coach Van Bommel was disappointed his team conceded two goals on the stroke of half-time. “When you are down to ten men, you should give your all to keep yourselves in the game and go into the half-time break while it is still goalless. But unfortunately we failed to do so.”
“We gradually found our rhythm”
Things went from bad to worse for PSV after Ryan Thomas had been sent off with a straight red card, ending PSV unbeaten run in the Philips Stadion. “AZ started brightly”, said Van Bommel in his post-match reaction. “But we gradually found our rhythm and created some chances. AZ took advantage when we had a man sent off. We tried to keep a clean sheet at least until the half-time whistle but in fact we conceded two goals in quick succession and we had a mountain to climb.”
Ryan Thomas felt guilty for having been sent off. Speaking after the game, he said: “ I can’t possibly blame the referee. It was a red card indeed. It was never my intention to hurt my opponent and it was a most awkward moment for the ream and myself.”
A trio missing
Donyell Malen, Steven Bergwijn and Mohamed Ihattaren missed the game due to injuries. “They are very good players but I don’t think we just suffered defeat because of their absence”, said Van Bommel, who did not want to draw any premature conclusions. “We must keep our composure and analyse the games very carefully we lost. Nothing much was going on in Utrecht last week until we conceded the first goal but it was game over when we were reduced to nine men. We put in a convincing display against LASK on Thursday but failed to score a goal. We put a lot of energy in the game and now we are going to find out why we suffered defeat today”, concluded Van Bommel.