© PSV Media | Photo-Prestige PSV see off FC Utrecht after the break
PSV put in a poor first-half display against FC Utrecht on the Philips Stadion on Sunday afternoon, but improved after the break to keep up the title chase with Ajax and Feyenoord. Bergwijn made a big impact coming off the bench,
Cagey opening quarter
There was not a lot to choose between the two sides during the cagey opening quarter. The first chance fell Luuk de Jong’s way, but Troupée made a last-gasp clearance.
FC Utrecht midfielder Barazite had the ball in the net on 21 minutes, but PSV survived a huge scare as he was wrongly adjudged to have been marginally offside.
It was the wake-up call PSV apparently needed. One minute later Davy Pröpper forced a safe out of FC Utrecht goalkeeper Jensen and Marco van Ginkel missed the rebound.
Goalless at half-time
Marko van Ginkel was one-on-one with Jensen, but the keeper came out quickly to deny him on 36 minutes. The home crowd started to grumble when PSV went into half-time with a 0-0.
Cocu made a change at half-time, swapping Gaston Pereiro for Steven Bergwijn, who made a big impact coming off the bench. Jensen was left with no chance when Luuk de Jong rose high above his marker to head in a Guardado corner eight minutes into the second half: 1-0.
The icing on the cake
Cocu’s substitution worked out well just two minutes later, when Bergwijn doubled the lead, with a perfect finish from De Jong’s cross from the left: 2-0. Pröpper and Ramselaar had chances to make it three but Marko van Ginkel put the icing on the cake with a sensational strike in the 90th minute; 3-0.
'We deserved the win'
PSV head coach Phillip Cocu thought Bergwijn had a huge impact on the 3-0 win. “We had pace and showed goal threat after the break, thanks to Steven. We were not at our best in the first half and frequently lost possession. At the end of the day, I think we fully deserved the win.”