Sunday, May 10, 2009

PSV finishes the year with style

The Dwight Lodeweges era as PSV manager came to a brilliant conclusion as his side defeated Willem II 3-0 in final match of the Eredivisie campaign. While many will remember the year as a disappointing end of PSV's four year dominance, the work of Mr. Lodeweges cannot be understated as he led the club through the most difficult of storms when the deck was stacked against them. With the result PSV claims fourth place and earns a berth in the new Europa League and casts its eye towards the horizon with promise.

In a match played for pride PSV withstood earlier threats from their hosts to take a lead three minutes before the hour as Swedish international Ola Toivonen found the back of the net after a one-two with Balázs Dzsudzsák. PSV began to assert itself but despite the momentum could not extend the advantage before the break. Continuing to build after the re-start PSV with Balázs Dzsudzsák opportunistically turning in Nordin Amrabat's cross from the right. Dwight Lodeweges immediately called upon Danny Koevermans and sixteen minutes later the veteran striker struck the final goal of the year for PSV via Erik Pieters and Balázs Dzsudzsák ground work. Time ticked down, the result not in doubt and with five minutes remaining Jason Čulina walked off the pitch for the final time with PSV with seventeen year-old Funso Ojo making his first appearance. It was in many ways a fitting conclusion to the year because like young Mr. Ojo, the promise of the PSV's future is great.