© PSV Media | Photo-Prestige PSV earn a hard-fought but well-deserved 3-1 win over N.E.C.
One week before the clash with Feyenoord, PSV have earned a hard-fought but well-deserved 3-1 win over N.E.C. in the Philips Stadion on Saturday evening.
All eyes on Bergwijn
All eyes in the Philips Stadion were on Steven Bergwijn. The winger came off the bench last week to inspire PSV to a 3-0 victory against FC Utrecht and his fine display was rewarded with a place in the starting line-up against N.E.C. Pereiro was dropped to the bench.
Involved in opening goal
After a few tentative opening exchanges nobody else but Bergwijn was involved in the opening goal. Bikel brought him down in the box on 20 minutes and referee Jochem Kamphuis pointed to the spot. Marko van Ginkel duly converted the resulting penalty: 1-0.
1-1 at half-time
N.E.C.’s equaliser, ten minutes later, came out of the blue, with PSV caught on the break. Fomitschow crossed for Messaoud, who sidefooted the ball past Jeroen Zoet. PSV failed to create any chances of note in the remaining minutes of the first half.
Put up a brave fight
PSV knew they had to put up a brave fight after the break to dismantle N.E.C.’s solid and well-organised defence. Guardado epitomised the battling spirit and set up PSV’s second goal of the night.
Ramselaar put PSV ahead
The Mexican dispossessed Breinburg and sent a long ball to Davy Pröpper, who found Bart Ramselaar. The latter barged through the NEC defence, had his shot saved but tapped home the rebound from close range: 2-1.
PSV failed to kill off the game but held on and captain Luuk de Jong slotted home to seal a 3-1 victory in the 90th minute. PSV recorded their sixth consecutive win after the winter break and will now turn their attention to next week’s clash in the Rotterdam Kuip.
PSV head coach Phillip Cocu was happy with the win but dissatisfied with the way his team had played. “We got sloppy and lost the ball a little bit too quickly in the first half. But we are glad we have another three points in the bag.”